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Keeping Cool in Sprinkler Parks

Keeping Cool in Sprinkler Parks
South Bronx kids beat the heatwave in Macombs Dam Park.

It is almost 90 degrees and there is no shade in sight, but these bathing-suit clad kids remain unperterbed by the heat.  They are running, jumping and climbing without breaking a sweat, thanks to the water jets at Macombs Dam Park across from Yankee Stadium.  The park has huge grass ball fields and a multicolored jungle gym, but on days like this the sprinklers are obviously the main attraction.

A few mothers and nannies, including resident Quanya Williams, watch from a bench near the park entrance.

"We come to this one often.  This is our preferred park.  It's safe."

She lives near by and has twins - Rodney and Jordan - who love it here.

"I like to be in the water!" yells Jordan.

"Water's my favorite!" her brother chimes in.

Parents say these parks are a good way to keep kids active and entertained, all while staying cool in the intense summer heat.  There are dozens of sprinkler parks across all five boroughs; for more information visit the NYC Parks Department website.