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As The Temps Heat Up, Danbury Kids Cool Off At Rogers Park Sprayscape

Danbury kids keep cool on Monday afternoon at Rogers Park sprayscape.
Danbury kids keep cool on Monday afternoon at Rogers Park sprayscape. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Kids have fun playing in the water at the Rogers Park sprayscape in Danbury. From left, Cameron DeMato, Jemma DeMato and Emily Frascione.
Kids have fun playing in the water at the Rogers Park sprayscape in Danbury. From left, Cameron DeMato, Jemma DeMato and Emily Frascione. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Parents and kids alike keep cool at Rogers Park sprayscape in Danbury on one of the hottest days of the summer.
Parents and kids alike keep cool at Rogers Park sprayscape in Danbury on one of the hottest days of the summer. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
The sprayscape at Rogers Park in Danbury was filled with kids on Monday afternoon.
The sprayscape at Rogers Park in Danbury was filled with kids on Monday afternoon. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox

DANBURY, Conn. -- On one of the hottest days of summer, 10-year-old Natalie Benalcazar of Danbury knows just what to do -- she heads to the Rogers Park sprayscape, which was packed with kids on Monday afternoon.

"I come here almost every day with my friends. I really like it," Natalie said. "In the beginning, the water is kind of cold but once you get used to it, it feels fresh."

A Heat Advisory had been issued for all of Fairfield County until 8 p.m. Monday due to Increasing humidity coupled with temperatures soaring into the low 90s, the National Weather Service said.

"The water is really refreshing when it's this hot out. It feels really good. We jump around here and have fun," said 12-year-old Julia Brennan of Danbury, Natalie's friend.

Julia added that she lives near a lake so she goes there a few times a week to cool off as well.

Nicole DiPietro, an 11-year-old from Danbury, said she attends camp at Rogers Park and the sprayscape is one of the best parts of her day. "I also like getting ice cream from the ice cream truck. I like ice cream sandwiches and snow cones."

Danbury resident Erin Frascione said her kids, Emily, 2 and Lily, 10 months, are keeping cool in the sprinklers.

"We don't have a pool at home so we come here about once a week and stay for about an hour. My kids love it. Since they're so young, I feel a lot safer than having them around a pool," she said.

Jennifer DeMato of Danbury said on very hot days, she and her kids -- Cameron, 4 and Jemma, 3, also like using the pool at the Brookfield YMCA.

DeMato said that when her kids are at the Rogers Park sprayscape, their favorite activity is to sit under the spray until it fills the entire bucket and pours water over them.

"When it gets really hot, we don't use the rest of the park as much. The slides get too hot," she said.

"My kids like to cover the water spouts," DeMato added. "They spray each other by doing it."

The steamy temperatures were expected to continue into Tuesday and for most of the week.

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