New Water Park Opens at Spring Lake Regional Park

May 23, 2016 in News

Sonoma County Regional Parks is opening a floating playground at the Spring Lake swimming lagoon in Santa Rosa on Saturday, May 28. The first of its kind in Sonoma County, the inflatable feature is comprised of multiple stations where children and adults can test their strength and agility by bouncing, climbing, sliding, balancing, and in all likelihood, getting thoroughly soaked.  

Play stations include slides, bounce islands, hurdles, pond jumps, climbing cliffs, a bouncy bridge, flat ramps, a slippery balance beam, high and low jumps, and a trampoline.   

Called the Water Park at Spring Lake, the play area will be installed May 24-25 on the lagoon’s northwest side. Beginning May 28, hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Labor Day. All-day rates will be $10 for children 6 and older; $15 for adults and $45 for a family of four.   

Lifeguards will be on duty, and both children and adults will be fitted with life vests at admission. (Use by children 5 and younger is not allowed, per the manufacturer’s safety standards.)   

Ringed by redwoods and picnic areas, the 3-acre swimming lagoon is filled with spring water filtered and chlorinated to exceed water-quality standards. The east side of the lagoon will remain open for lap swimming, and the south side will remain open for unstructured water play and summer camps. There is no admission fee for swimming or free play.   

Purchased in partnership with the Sonoma County Water Agency, which owns Spring Lake Park, the Water Park is the latest improvement to the popular swimming area. A local restaurateur several years ago transformed the concession stand into the Lakeside Grill, which serves barbecue, wood-fired pizza, beer, wine and desserts at bistro seating next to the lagoon. The Grill also hosts live music and a boating concession that will feature new kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and electric boats this summer.   

The swimming lagoon is reached through the park entrance at 393 Violetti Road. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, visit the Spring Lake page at sonomacountyparks.org or call (707) 565-2041 during business hours. 

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