Aaron McCullough brought his 3-year-old daughter, Ariana, to a playground in a leafy neighborhood of Rochester, New York, on a day in mid-June when the temperature topped out at 94 degrees.
The playground is one of seven spray parks in the city that offer cooling water whenever temperatures exceed 85 degrees.
Except during a pandemic.
“I was hoping that one of these water parks could open up and at least spray a little bit of water on us,” McCullough said.
Instead, he said, sweat dripping off his face, “there’s no water around at all.”
All of the city’s spray parks and air-conditioned cooling centers were shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“Gathering in close proximity and engaging in physically strenuous behavior