A cool and refreshing way you and your family can beat the heat this summer is at one of Bakersfield’s many different pools and spray parks. Sandra Forsythe, secretary of recreational parks & spray parks for the city of Bakersfield explains that McMurtrey Acuatic Center, Jefferson, Martin Luther King & Silver Creek are all options. “Jefferson, Martin Luther King & Silver Creek are just pools. No slides”, Forsythe said. Then there’s the spray parks which are completely separate from the pools and the aquatic center. For someone who is not familiar with “spray parks”, they are parks, not pools that have toys that kids can pray water at each other with, according to Forsythe. According to Forsythe pets are allowed only outside the parks and with a leash. If you’re looking for a place to have your child’s birthday party or simply want to have a party,the pools and the aquatic center can help you out. “It opens June 3rd to August 9th. It’s open 7 days a week, 1-5pm”,Forsythe said about McMurtrey Acuatic Center. This refreshing way to stay cool, is affordable for the family as McMurtrey Aquatic Center charges $3 per person, or $10 for groups of 4 up to 6, according to bakersfieldswim.us. More information on the Bakersfield pools and spray parks can be found at www.bakersfieldswim.us, or you can call the city of Bakersfield recreation & parks phone number at (661)326-FUNN(3866), or the McMurtrey Aquatic Center phone number at (661)852-7430. With this big variety of spray parks and pools, you don’t have to shlep hundreds of miles to find water fun for your children. It’s here right in your own backyard.