FORT GREENE — Fort Greene's creatively shaped sprinklers are magnets for excited children eager to cool off during the dog days of summer.
And in this neighborhood sprinklers run the gamut of size, shape and color with fish sprinklers on Classon Avenue that captivate little ones with their brightly painted scales, cattail sprinklers on South Oxford that shower droplets from their orange flower heads and compass sprinklers in Fort Greene Park that also provide some learning.
DNAinfo New York rounded up the best local sprinklers for kids and their families to visit this summer.
This large, central Fort Greene oasis has two sprinkler parks. On the north side a large playground complete with a far-reaching, compass-shaped sprinkler with four showerheads is flanked with swings, water fountains, and an intricate play set. The south side boasts a smaller playground with a popular sprinkler.
Where to find it: Washington Park at DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Avenue at St. Edwards Place
This Fort Greene favorite features 30-foot high cattail shaped sprinklers. Completed in 2006, The Park Department calls this small gem “one of the most striking parks in the city.”
Where to find it: South Oxford Street at Atlantic Avenue
Right next to the popular camel structure at this playground is a large sprinkler head that will completely soak young kids. Parents can rest on nearby benches while their kids are doused in water.
Where to find it: Carlton Street at DeKalb Avenue
This playground complete with clean public restrooms, swings sets, and basketball courts is a favorite of nearby residents. The sprinklers spray a mild stream of water, perfect for the little ones afraid of getting too wet.
Where to find it: Willoughby Avenue at Emerson Place
With the roomiest sprinkler play area in the neighborhood, this park draws children from far and wide. A large shallow pool has several sprinkler heads where children can get wet while parents sit on the outskirts.
Where to find it: Lafayette Avenue at Waverly Avenue
The best part of this playground is its 3-foot-deep pool, but there’s also grass to sit on, trees that canopy the two play structures, and a sprinkler area where children and adults can cool off in the summer.
Where to find it: Adelphi Street at DeKalb Avenue
The Water lab is a large stone-strewn area with fountains, pools and slippery boulders. There are also water tables and a water wheel. The Brooklyn Bridge Park officials describe the lab as offering “direct engagement with the sensory thrill and intellectual engagement of moving water.”
Where to find it: Furman Street at Atlantic Avenue