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FREE Sprinklers in NYC Parks and Playgrounds

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While my Leatherman is perfect for fixing eye glasses, opening bottles and cutting my friends’ hair in bars, the tool is completely useless for making fire hydrant sprinklers. I’m not ready to start carrying a giant wrench with me everywhere, so I’ll just keep depending on other people to open up the hydrants on hot days. Or even better, I’ll go run through a sprinkler in a park with water pressure that isn’t designed for putting out a fire.

I’m not talking about the kind of sprinkler your dad used to mow the lawn. There are TONS of playgrounds and parks across the boroughs with mini fountains designed specifically for running through. It’s free pool season, but sometimes you’re out and about and feel like your skin is going to fuse to the sidewalk if your foot falls out of your flip flop. When this happens, go to any of these parks and find the sprinkler. A lot of them are in playgrounds, so make sure you’re nice to the tiny humans and don’t terrify their parents. Oh, and judging by the Dean Street playground, these magical sprinklers seem to be on all night, so you can scamper through after last call.

Sprinklers at NYC Parks
Various Locations in the Boroughs

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.