Splash Pads in the SF Bay Area

Sizzling summer temperatures are sending overheated Bay Area residents to the seaside, to sensational swimming pools and any place with robust air-conditioning. (Hello, cineplex!) But there are other great ways to cool off — at city parks and plazas with splashy fountains, sprayers and splash pads. Here’s just a sampling:

Castro Valley

Castro Valley Community Park: Kids can operate the splash pad’s giant sprayers by pressing a big red button. The park is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 3 at 18988 Lake Chabot Road. https://bit.ly/2WZ4ZXr


Meadow Homes Spray Park: The spray park includes play areas for tots, teens and tweens. Open from noon to 6 p.m. daily through Sept. 28.1351 Detroit Ave.. www.cityofconcord.org/SprayPark


Sycamore Valley Park: The childrens play area features a recreational fountain and a reflection pond with a waterfall. Open from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends when temperatures are above 80 degrees; through October 1. 2101 Holbrook Drive. https://bit.ly/2WCWLVA

Hap Magee Ranch Park: The metal tubes in this park’s water feature form a tunnel with water spraying inside and from the ground — and a motion sensor that activates the water feature on a random circuit. Open daily from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through Oct. 1 at 1025 La Gonda Way. https://bit.ly/2KNk9sl


Shannon Park: This water play area operates from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Labor Day. 11600 Shannon Ave. https://bit.ly/2F2iICk

Emerald Glen Park: The water play area for kids operates daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day at 4201 Central Parkway. https://bit.ly/2L6NUSc


Cannery Park Splash Pad: Turn on the water feature by pressing the big red button at the splash park, which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from June 16 to Sept. 3 at 125 B St. https://bit.ly/31pZ4Kj

Children stay cool as they play around the fountain in downtown Livermore, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. Hot temperatures made the water features downtown very popular places. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group) Livermore

Lizzie Fountain Park: Splash in the fountain, bask on the shady grass or perch on one of the benches to watch your kids play. Open daily at First Street and South Livermore Avenue. http://www.cityoflivermore.net


Moraga Commons: The water spray feature at this city park will cool you right down. It’s open from 9 a.m.

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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