One of the ways to enjoy the start of summer, now that the heat is on and school is out, is being offered by the city of LaFollette at the recreational Splash Park.
Free to both children and adults, the park offers cool, spraying water to refresh and in some cases chill out the little ones.
On Friday, starting at 10 a.m. the park will be having its annual grand opening. Hot dogs and drinks will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Last year, the park averaged about 200 visitors per day, according to recreation director Johnny Byrge.
New to the park since last year are picnic tables and a shelter. Though additional water devises are planned for the park, Byrge said new additions would not be in place till after July.
While costly additions have to be planned in advance, the city is planning to install a grill at the park for visitors wishing to grill out while children play in the water.
Norris Lake and the pool located at Cove Lake State Park are other summer attractions in the area. But for LaFollette locals wishing to have immediate relief from the heat, without spending money-the LaFollette Splash Park is awaiting visitors.
Concessions will be sold at the park during opening hours Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The park is available for private party reservations and can be booked through the recreation center at 562-2241.