Newton, NC – The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the Newton Splash Zone is now open.

The splash zone is open to the public 1-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday and is located beside the Newton Recreation Center at 23 South Brady Ave.

The splash zone is 5,900 square feet in total area with a wet deck of 3,626 square feet. The splash zone’s 24 water features spray 234 gallons of water per minute. The water features are based on nautical themes including ships, anchors, hooks, cannons, and friendly sea serpents. The wet deck is surrounded by picnic tables and benches, a soft turf area that serves as a cooler walking surface, and two canopies with built-in UV protection that provide shade and comfort to all visitors. Runoff water is collected and treated in an environmentally friendly process that significantly reduces the overall amount of water the splash zone requires.

Designers went to great lengths to make sure the Newton Splash Zone is easily accessible to as many people as possible. The entire splash zone area is enclosed by a decorative fence and was constructed to be easily navigable by adults and children who have special mobility needs. Picnic table seating is available for people who use wheelchairs.

Admission for anyone entering the splash zone is $1. Season passes valid through Labor Day are $25 per person. All children younger than 12 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult. Guests will receive a wristband that must be worn while enjoying the splash zone.

The splash zone is available to rent for private events from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday and 6-8 p.m. Sunday. The rental fee for residents is $50 per hour with a two-hour minimum. The rental fee for nonresidents is $75 per hour with a two-hour minimum.

The Newton Splash Zone was funded as part of a generous bequest from Sue Jones to enhance recreational opportunities in Newton. The city remains deeply grateful to Sue Jones, whose desire to expand recreation facilities and programming for the citizens of Newton made the splash zone a reality.

For more information or to schedule a group event, contact the Newton Recreation Center at 828-695-4317.