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Kids can get wet and wild July 25

Several years ago, Rosemount Fire Chief Scott Aker was asked to help rig something up for the city's Wet N' Wild Day. Both his daughters worked for Rosemount Parks and Recreation and they needed a better way to keep a slip and slide wet.

So Aker built an apparatus that would connect to the soccer goal at the park and spray water from above. More than eight years later, Aker still is setting up the device annually for the popular event.

"It's the one thing I do," said Aker.

That one thing helps make the event a success each year, said parks and recreation supervisor Lisa Maurer. Maurer said the department collaborates with the fire department every year to put on the free event at Jaycee Park. This year the event will be held on July 25.

"We get a huge number of kids out there," said Maurer.

Over the years the event has gained popularity and Maurer said everybody who shows up has fun with the slip and slide and a number of other games. Wet N' Wild Day is open to Rosemount residents only and offers age appropriate water activities. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, they set up for younger kids from 4 to 6 years old. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., they set up for the older kids from 7 to 12 years old.

Maurer said children should wear sunscreen and a swim suit or clothes that can get wet. Additionally, she said kids must wear tennis shoes that can wet. Kids should also bring a towel for when they are done.

A parent or guardian should check the children in. City staff will put the children in groups to go around the different water activities. Kids should arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Late arrivals will not be able to participate.

For more information visit the city's website at

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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