BOSTON (CBS) – After a year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the Frog Pond spray pool is back open for the summer.

“Doing races and running around, splashing everyone in my path.” That was Cambridge’s Anais Desrouches’ favorite part of Thursday afternoon, as the Frog Pond Spray Pool reopened. She was not alone, as many other kids were enjoying a day of splashing and fun.

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“The water feels great. We’re having a good time. Especially because everything was shut down last year- it’s good to get out,” said Esther Jean of Mattapan.

The Frog Pond was closed last year due to the pandemic.

Boston Mayor Kim Janey was one of the people getting in on the fun during the reopening celebration.

“We still have work to do in terms of a vaccine. It is because of that good work though that we’re able to be out here enjoying this wonderful day and having our city experiencing joy and a reopening and a renewal,” said Janey, who shared she used to go to the Frog Pond as a kid.

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“I am a COVID-19 survivor so it’s amazing being out, seeing people. People are smiling again,” said Noile De Magalhaes of East Boston.

“I think it was really fun to be in the pond to cool off because the last couple of weeks it’s been very, very hot,” said 9-year-old Soleil Desai.

In addition to enjoying the nice weather, activities included a LEGOLAND table, arts and crafts, a visit from mascot “Frog Pond Freddy” and free treats.

“The ice cream and the free milk and running through the sprinklers,” said Jamyla Oruma of Mattapan of her favorite things about the day.

“My favorite part was when I got to meet my friend to go to the LEGOs,” said 5-year-old Ciel Desai.

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Hours for the Frog Pond Spray Pool are 11am to 6pm. It will be open to the public daily through Labor Day.

Rachel Holt