Reading fire hydrants become sprinklers once again in Wacky Water Wednesday

Wacky Water Wednesday is back for its 3rd summer season in the City of Reading. The initiative was launched in 2020 by Mayor Eddie Moran as a pop up spray park to provide kids a unique way to cool off during the hot summer months.

The first Wacky Water Wednesday event of the 2022 season kicked off at the 3rd and Spruce Recreation Center in Reading. Representatives from the Reading Area Water Authority, Reading Recreation Commission, Fire Department, Police, and Public Works Department attended to support the event.

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“We had such a positive response from previous years that it’s almost like a tradition” said Daphne Klahr, Executive Director of the Reading Recreation Commission.

“You can see the joy on the kids faces. Last year a kid came up to me and said it was the best day of his life. That had such an impact on me. It’s great to see neighbors enjoying themselves.”

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Every Wednesday, through August 24, 2022, various city fire hydrants will be opened to allow kids to play in the water. To control the flow of water, a sprinkler device is installed on the hydrant.

To accommodate proper space for the events, some streets will be closed for the event. Traffic will be directed by police.

Wacky Water Wednesday is scheduled to be held from 1-4pm at the following locations throughout the city this summer:

  • June 29, 2022 at Keffer Park Playground
  • July 6, 2022 at 16th and Haak Elementary School (1600 block of Haak St)
  • July 13, 2022 at Millmont Elementary
  • July 20, 2022 at 10th and Green Elementary
  • July 27, 2022 at Amanda Stout Elementary
  • August 3, 2022 at 1400 block N 12th
  • August 10, 2022 at 2nd and Oley
  • August 17, 2022 at Oakbrook Housing
  • August 24, 2022 at Glenside Housing – Avenue A
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Jason Hugg
Jason Hugg
Editor and photographer at Berks Weekly.
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