As the final stretch of summer vacation approaches for Lakeway Area students, the Morristown Parks and Recreation Department is ready to quench kids’ thirst for some final fun.
The department will host its annual Wet and Wild Wednesday, on July 9 at Fred Miller Park in Morristown.
The special day invites kids from ages 2 to 12 to visit the park for a free day of sun and water soaked fun.
Parks and Rec staff turn the park – which already features the Rotary Splash Pad – into a full-fledged water park with a bit of ingenuity and assistance from the Morristown Fire Department.
Using long strips of plastic tarp, MFD fire hoses and bubble soap, the staff creates 100-foot long water slides down the relatively gentle eastern slope of the park.
The activity will be split into two sessions. The first session will be from 10 a.m. to noon and the second will be from 1 to 3 p.m.
Those planning to participate are encouraged to put on sunscreen before going to the park. Participants must also wear bathing suits and take a towel.
The activity will take place rain or shine; in the case of a thunderstorm, the event will be rescheduled for Thursday, July 10.
The summer fun will continue on Friday, July 11 with another Parks and Rec sponsored Starlite Cinema showing of the Steven Spielberg classic film “E.T.”
The outdoor movie series gives families, friends, youth groups and community members the opportunity to catch a free movie in a unique setting under the stars.
Movies start at dusk (around 8:30 p.m. each night).
Attendees are encouraged to take blankets and chairs for comfort.
Pizza Inn will sell pizza and drinks. Glow necklaces will be available for purchase, as well.
Making the experience complete, the aroma of freshly popped popcorn will be drifting throughout the park with proceeds from its sale going back to parks and recreation.
For more information, contact Morristown Parks and Recreation at 423-586-0260.
-By Chris Phipps, Tribune Staff Writer