The grand opening of Citizens Park’s new sprayground is on Wednesday, April 9, and everyone is invited.


Hosted by the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, AikenHomes.com and Pepsi-Cola, the celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. with Springtime Lunch & Play.


The Columbia Marionette Theatre will present “The World of Anansi the Spider.”


The play will then be followed by the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of the sprayground at 12:30 p.m.


City officials, including Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, City Manager Richard Pearce, City Council members and Recreation Commission Chairperson Brenda Mills, will be present.


Both events are free and open to all ages.


After several years of discussion, the sprayground came to fruition last year after Council unanimously approved the purchase of the sprayground’s equipment for $119,062.04. The City used funds from round two of the Capital Project Sales Tax.


City staff decided on a sports theme for the new sprayground.


The sprayground will have a slide shaped like a tennis shoe, buckets resembling baseballs that will dump water and fountains or water cannons shaped like different sports equipment.


The new sprayground is located at the corner of Connector Road and Barry Johnson Boulevard in Citizens Park, near the walking track. Citizens Park is located at 651 Old Airport Road.


There is a parking lot adjacent to the area for vehicles.


The sprayground will be open through Oct. 1 on Mondays from 1 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 8 p.m.


The sprayground may be rented on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.


For more information, call 803-642-7761.


Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.