People play in the Willamette River in Salem. (Salem Reporter file)

Looking for a way to cool down this weekend?

With temperatures Saturday expected to rise to 88 degrees, the city of Salem is opening its spray fountains in local parks early.

Fountains at Riverfront and River Road parks will open May 11 at 10 a.m., and remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer.

Those fountains typically open the first weekend after Salem-Keizer schools let out for the summer, but with temperatures in the high 70s and 80s for the foreseeable future, city officials made the call to open shop.

City workers seek to open other splash fountains in smaller parks "as soon as possible."

Hours for other city splash fountains are:

12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Fairmount Park, 650 Rural Street S

12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Northgate Park, 3575 Fairhaven Avenue NE

12 p.m. – 8 p.m.,  Wes Bennett Park, 2200 Baxter Road SE

12 p.m. – 8 p.m., West Salem Park, 265 Rosemont Avenue NW

12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Englewood Park, 1260 19th Street NE

Reporter Rachel Alexander: rachel@salemreporter.com or 503-575-1241.

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