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Interactive water play features: Wet & wild fun for children

The water feature at Mossdale Landing Community Park in Lathrop sports a water tower and a large daisy used for splashing children of all ages.

HIME ROMERO/The 209


POSTED May 12, 2012 1:24 a.m.

It’s heating up again in the Central Valley.

Youngsters around here often seek refuge from the soaring 90-degree or, heaven forbid, triple-digit degree temperatures at one of the interactive water play areas.

There are several options as many of these interactive water features can be found in a family-friendly environment, specifically, one of the city parks.

Those looking to partake in the wet and refreshing fun must also follow the rules.

Take young children, for starters. Those who are not toilet trained are required to wear a swim diaper.

Youngsters age 11 and under must be supervised at all times.

Good hygiene is a must.

Prohibited from these water feature areas are glass containers, cleaning or other chemicals, smokers, animals, and skateboarders, skaters, scooters and bicycles, to name a few.

No running. The grounds are wet and often slippery.

Manteca

Place: Library Park

Location: 320 W. Center St.

How to get there: Take Yosemite Avenue from any direction to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The park is located between Sycamore and Poplar avenues (look for the gazebo).

About the water feature: It has a historic railroad theme.

For more information: www.ci.manteca.ca.us

Lathrop

Place: Manuel Valverde Park

Location: 15557 Fifth St.

How to get there: From Louise Avenue or Lathrop Road, head towards the historic part of town just east of Interstate 5 and between the railroad crossings.

About the water feature: The state-of-the-arts pulsating jets were part of the $4 million park improvement project that started some four years ago. The water is re-circulated, tested and monitored regularly by city staff for safety. The water play is open daily April 15 to Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Place: Mossdale Landing Community Park

Location: 700 Towne Centre Drive

How to get there: From Interstate 5, go west on East Louise Avenue (it eventually turns into River Island Parkway), travel south on to McKee Boulevard towards Lathrop City Hall. Turn right on the roundabout to westbound Towne Centre Drive.

About the water feature: A water tower and a large daisy shower children of all ages on the weekends. Mossdale is a 40-acre park with other amenities including a dog park, baseball field, basketball court, and plenty open space.

Information on Valverde or Mossdale parks: www.ci.lathrop.ca.us.

Ripon

Place: Mistlin Sports Park

Location: 1201 W. River Road

How to get there: From Highway 99, go east on Jack Tone Road. Turn left on to River Road (look for the soccer ball-shaped Mistlin Park water tower).

About the water feature: During the evenings, the features dazzle with a light display. The water play area is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Great place to cool down on those hot nights.

For more information: www.cityofripon.org.

Stockton

Place: Weber Point Event Center

Location: 221 N. Center St.

How to get there: From the crosstown freeway (Highway 4), take the El Dorado Street / downtown exit. Go north on El Dorado, turn left on Miner Street to Center Street.

About the water feature: Jets of spraying water shoots off in different directions and patterns. Children get drenched while sitting atop the large stone ball structures. This place is one of the largest of its kind in the area.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily but can be closed abruptly due to wind conditions, safety hazard, or maintenance issues.

 

Place: Pixie Woods

Location: 3121 Monte Diablo Avenue

How to get there: From Interstate 5, take the Monte Diablo exit and go west. Turn right at Louis Park and on to Shimizu Drive.

About the water feature: The Dragon Fountain in Stockton’s own fairyland and is only accessible with the price of admission. The water feature at Pixie Woods opened shortly after the 50th anniversary of the park. The park was made possible in 1954 thanks to generosity of individuals, businesses and service organizations.

Hours of operation: Weekends and holidays through May 28, from noon to 5 p.m. through May 28. During the summer months, Pixie Woods is open on Fridays, Saturday, Sundays and holidays.

For more information on Weber Point and Pixie Woods: www.stocktongov.com.

VINCE REMBULAT

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