Summer has started early this year with a week-long heat wave with temperatures in the 100-degree range. In the old days one could run through lawn sprinklers, set up a slip-n-slide in the front yard or just play with a garden hose to cool off. However, with drought–induced water restrictions in place those options are now limited. Here are 5 places you can beat the heat on the cheap.
5: Valverde Park
In 2007-2008 Lathrop’s Valverde Park underwent an improvement project which included a veterans memorial, new basketball courts and a water feature. While small, the interactive fountain is big enough for good cool fun for children. Location: 15557 5th St., Lathrop. Cost: Free.
4: Mossdale Landing Community Park
The park, which, backs up to the San Joaquin River is located in the newer part of Lathrop, west of I-5. The water fountain has typical jets at spout from the ground and also a feature in the shape of a water tower that shoots out water from above. Location: 700 Towne Centre Dr., Lathrop. Cost: Free.
3: Micke Grove Park
Micke Grove Park features a interactive water fountain near its Camanche shelter picnic area. It’s separated into to sections. It has a smaller part for toddlers and larger area for older children. Location: 11793 N Micke Grove Rd, Lodi. Cost: The fountain itself is free but there is a charge to get into the park. $5 per car weekdays, $6 on weekends and $10 for holidays (Load up the car or van with kids and it can be quite a bargain).
2: Central Community Park
Located in the community of Mountain House west of Tracy, Central Community Park offers a nicely done interactive water feature surrounded by palm trees as a centerpiece to the park. Location: 25 Main St, Mountain House. Cost: free
1: Weber Point Event Center
The Weber Point Event Center fountain is biggest and the arguably the best free water interactive feature in the county. It features several different water patterns shooting out copious jets of water. The fountain can accommodate dozens of people at a time. Location: 221 N. Center Street, Stockton. Cost: Free.
Both Manteca and Ripon each offer a water feature – Library Park, 320 W Center St., Manteca and Mistlin Sports Park, 1201 W River Rd., Ripon- both are free but they have been closed the last few years due to the drought.