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Spray Pad Opens at Archibald Park as Park Renovations Continue


Play S.A.F.E. campers play in the spray at Alice Jennings Archibald Park.

A new spray pad is open at Alice Jennings Archibald Park for all residents of New Brunswick to enjoy!

Open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily for the duration of the summer, this new water feature will help residents beat the heat. On July 20, a group of Play S.A.F.E. campers were the first group to test out the spray pad. They gave it an enthusiastic endorsement.


Mayor Jim Cahill, Play S.A.F.E. Counselor Ryan Howard and a group of Play S.A.F.E. campers pose for a photo at the new spray pad at Alice Jennings Archibald Park.

This is the second spray pad to come to our City parks system: another spray pad is open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily at Recreation Park, located between Sandford Street and Pine Street.


Play S.A.F.E. campers play in the spray at Alice Jennings Archibald Park.

Even more summer fun is in the works in our parks: work is underway on a third spray pad at Joyce Kilmer Park, with completion anticipated in the coming weeks.

Additionally, the construction of two new fitness courts is ongoing, which will bring interactive workout stations to Alice Jennings Archibald Park and Buccleuch Park.

The “Fitness Courts,” manufactured by National Fitness Campaign, will be brand new, state-of-the-art and outfitted with specialized exercise equipment targeting different areas of the body.

We anticipate completion of the courts within the next two weeks.

All of these projects are components of the City of New Brunswick’s extensive commitment to the renovation and re-energizing of our parks system. 

In 2016, the City’s strategic plan to re-energize its parks system began with the redesign of Recreation Park, bringing all new amenities for the public to enjoy, including a skate park, spray park, playgrounds, playing fields and courts and picnic areas.

We’ve continued on our plan to enhance and renew all of our parks, using our New Brunswick Parks Action Plan as a guide, created in partnership with experts at Rutgers University and the Trust for Public Land.

This comprehensive review of all 272 acres of New Brunswick’s public parks system analyzes the strengths of our parks system, areas for improvement and identifies strategies to use to ensure our parks are accessible and enjoyable to all.

Implementation of the Parks Action Plan will continue throughout 2018 as we continue to roll out parks improvements throughout our City.