Magnuson Park wading pool reopens after bonfire damage requires $10,000 in repairs

Summer has finally arrived at the Magnuson Park Wading Pool.

The pool reopened Thursday after several illegal bonfires caused damage that required about $10,000 in repairs, according to the Parks Department.

The other 19 wading pools in the city each opened for the summer splash season in late June or early July. But the Magnuson Park site remained closed for several weeks while repairs were carried out.

Work at Lake Washington Park in northeast Seattle included replacing three damaged drain covers, repairing the pool’s cement bottom, cleaning the drain lines and repairing the fill valve from the pool, the parks department said in a blog post.

The department is installing a fence at the pool when not in use to deter future vandalism and has launched a “Don’t Ruin the Summer” messaging campaign that warns against bonfires in wading pools.

The Magnuson Park pool was packed right away Thursday as temperatures in the Seattle area soared above 80 degrees. Even warmer weather is expected next week, when temperatures could top 90.

Wading pools are an option for kids to cool off, as are the city’s 10 spray parks. However, three of the city’s nine swimming beaches are closed this summer due to a shortage of lifeguards. Ballard Commons Park, which includes a spray park, has been closed since winter.

Some wading pools are open daily, three days a week and two days a week. Hours are generally from noon to 7 p.m. The spray parks are open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Locations and hours are available at seattle.gov/parks/find/sprayparks-and-wading-pools.

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