Wacky Water Wednesday returns to offer kids relief from the summer heat

Wacky Water Wednesday has returned for its 4th summer season in the City of Reading. The initiative was launched in 2020 by the City as a pop up spray park to provide kids a unique way to cool off during the hot summer months.

The 2023 season kicked off at the 3rd and Spruce Recreation Center in Reading with over 100 kids in attendance from the Olivet PAL Club, Reading Recreation and surrounding residents.

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“It’s my absolute favorite event that I’ve ever done in my entire career. I say that because the kids are just so happy. You can see the joy on their faces. I remember one little boy last year saying this was the best day of his entire life and he was six years old. That’s what makes it worthwhile for us to see how happy the kids are” said Daphne Klahr, Executive Director of the Reading Recreation Commission.

Klahr says the event has returned year after year because of the overwhelming support from the city. “It takes the cooperation of all the different departments in the city. We are really grateful that the fire department, police, the mayor’s office, public works, RAWA, come together to make it happen.”

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Every week through August 23rd, 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. Also, keep in mind some streets will be closed for the events. Traffic will be directed by police.

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

  • June 28, 2023 at Keffer Park Playground
  • July 5, 2023 at 16th and Haak Elementary
  • July 12, 2023 at Millmont Elementary
  • July 19, 2023 at 10th and Green Elementary
  • July 26, 2023 at Amanda Stout Elementary
  • August 2, 2023 at 11th & Pike Playground
  • August 9, 2023 at 2nd & Oley Playground
  • August 16, 2023 at Oakbrook Housing
  • August 23, 2023 at Glenside Housing
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