For all of us who have been wondering when the new North Adams Splash Park at Noel Field will open, the wait will soon be over.

The City has announced that an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held this Thursday, July 4, at 11 A.M. The event, and all programming at Noel Field, is free and open to the public. As a reminder, smoking is prohibited on all city property and at all city-sponsored events.

In a press release announcing the opening, North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard said “With a hot, sunny day in the forecast for Thursday, I’m excited to welcome North Adams residents – especially our young people – to this new facility. It will be a great way to cool off in the summer."

The splash park will operate from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. daily through Labor Day, with fall hours to be announced. It's the centerpiece of a Noel Field renovation that also includes new basketball courts, pickleball courts, and a new shade pavilion, among other amenities. It joins the skate park that opened at the complex in 2017.

The city’s Noel Field improvement project was funded in part through the Massachusetts Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) program, managed through the Commonwealth’s Division of Conservation Services.