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City water parks soak plenty of fans

By: Kristine Guerra, Special to The Placer Herald
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Rocklin’s Memorial Park may be small, but its water features sure do have huge fans.
“Every year that we have gone here, there’s always been a lot of kids,” said Rocklin Elementary School second-grade teacher Jennifer Powers, while watching her students play around the water features at Memorial Park.
Powers said a few of her students live near Memorial Park and visit the park all the time.
“I like the water the most because it goes everywhere,” said second-grader Calon Green.
“It’s just nice because you don’t have to worry about them drowning,” said Rocklin Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Janie Johnson, who also brought her students to play at Memorial Park. “They have a lot of fun too.”
“I just love the water park and I come here to cool down on hot days,” said fifth-grader Jordan Gee.
Memorial Park along Rocklin Road is one of three parks in Rocklin that has water features. The other two are Lone Tree Park on Lonetree and West Oaks boulevards and Whitney Park on Wildcat Boulevard and Whitney Ranch Parkway.
Rocklin water parks have become “extremely popular,” said Mark Reimer, director of community services and facilities.
Reimer said Memorial Park was remodeled about six years ago, and the old waiting pool was replaced with water features.
“The advantage of this is that we didn’t have to have life guards,” Reimer said.
Reimer said because of conservation and budget issues, the city has shortened water play hours in all three parks.
For more information, visit rocklin.ca.us.

Know and Go
Water play hours
(May 15 – Sept. 27)

Memorial Park: Open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily
Lone Tree Park: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5–7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Whitney Park: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5–7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday