‘Sprayground’ uses reclaimed rainwater

A new water recreation area is open at the Dolphin Research Center, a nonprofit marine mammal research and education facility at mile marker 59 in Marathon.

The Shawn Rodriguez Family Sprayground, named in honor of the center owners’ late son, provides a cool activity for youngsters and adults. Sprayground visitors initiate whale, manatee and dolphin sounds while splashing through sprays of water that shoot out of marine and island-themed figures including a super-size dolphin tail.

The Sprayground harnesses a rainwater reclamation system that runs throughout the facility. The filtered and recirculated water helps power the Sprayground’s water features and irrigates the landscaping.

The Sprayground is included in the price of admission. Admission is $20 per person for adults, $17.50 for active military members and veterans, $15 for children ages 4-12 and free for children age 3 and under.