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My 4 year old son really loves the El Cerrito splash park.
Unfortunately we can rarely make it there due to the limited
schedule. Just curious if anyone has found similar parks
close to Berkeley (and preferably free and with better
hours, like the ones out near Pleasanton, San Ramon, etc)...
Mom of a splasher
It about 1 hour drive but totally worth it to go to Howarth
Park in santa Rosa. They have an amazing splash park (free)
as well as a train, pony rides, carousel and more thT are
super cheap. Opens Memorial Day weekend. Maybe not a daily
event but super fun and best of all its HOT there! love the
How about the San Leandro Family Aquatic Center? It's a bit
further away, but has a nice kiddie splash area.
A few years back I went to the most fun tot play pool ever. It was somewhere near
or in San Ramon/Dublin area. there was a big diving pool next to it, and I
believe it's on a high school campus. The tot part had a play structure in the
pool, and the pool was round and had no steps. I've been looking on line but
there are no websites I can find, only city websites that have no pics and not
enough info. Does anyone know of this place? thanks!!
I believe it is the San Ramon Aquatic Center that you are looking
for...and it IS a great pool!
It's at California High School.
Yes, we've been to that pool -- it's great, and the entrance fee is
quite reasonable. Here's a link with info about it:
There's a similar pool in Livermore:
San Ramon Olympic Pool
Located next to California High School but is run by the city of San
Ramon park and rec, not by the high school. A very nice facility
for recreational and lap swimming. Has the tot pool described in
used to swim there often
Last summer we went to a public park near San Jose that had a
great set up for water play: they had designed a small cement hill and
had sprinklers and shallow wading areas and small streams and a
slide. I am looking for something closer to home...does anyone know of a
park with running water in the East Bay, Lamorinda, Pinole/Hercules area
or Marin? Thanks for any ideas.
There is a park in San Raphael near Kaiser that has great
water play (or had?) It's also on a hill with a sort of cement trough that
down the hill. There is a great play structure near by too. I'm sorry I don't
know the street but if you ask people in the area (or maybe call kaiser
and ask them) you can probably find it.
Shadowcliffs while not near is lovely.It has a really mellow
lake and a non-commercial, non-intimidating slide. It's part of the
East Bay Regional Park district. See here:
Orinda has a fabulous park with a terrific water play area.
It's where all the construction is going on around the Orinda rec center
(sorry, I can't remember the name of the street). I've never had trouble
parking (both street and parking lot). Bring a hat for your child as the
water play area is almost always in full sun. Have fun!
There is a
fabulous water play pool with a super big jungle area at Dublin High School
that is open in the summer to kids of all ages The play area was created a
couple of years ago and can be enjoyed by toddlers all the way up. They
have 15-30 min. time slots for different ages so that the big kids and
little kids aren't in the area at the same time (it's fenced off from the
regular pool). I don't remember there being an actual park in the vicinity,
but this place is better than a park! It's worth a trip out there just to
play even once. One tip though...it's hotter than heck out there with
little tree shade so be sure to bring your car window shade and and lots of
Danville has at least two parks with water play. The best one
is Osage Park, located off Sycamore Valley Road at Osage Station. It has a
area, then a "river" which leads into a "wading pool". It is nicely covered
by trees part
of the day (for those hot days) and the park itself is really great (LOTS of
structures). There is another one that I have been too with water spray
somewhere off Stone
Valley Road I believe, but 'm not sure. But check out Osage Park; its sort
of a haul but
a really great park!
The Moraga Commons Park has great sprinklers. The
Walnut Creek park near the Civic Center has areas of
water for wet sand and boat play (somewhat like
Habitot's water play area only outdoors).
Orinda Park has a brand new area for sand and water play,
albeit not as elaborate as you describe. It is on a small scale, mostly
appopriate for toddlers and preschoolers.
Perhaps these are too far south, but there are a few nice
places for water play in the Tri-City Area.
Fremont: Puerto Penasco Swim Lagoon at Central Park. An
artificial treated-water lake for swimming. Shallow roped-off under 5
area with lifegaurd and deepwater area with a raft for older children
and adults to swim to. Sand trucked in from Monterey beaches. Nice, but
very little shade, so bring an umbrella.
Also in Fremont in Central Park: An artificial stream runs
under a little bridge. Kids wade in the stream and dig up rocks, sail
boats down the stream and throw rocks off the bridge. Stream is very
shallow, toddlers love this place. There is good shade and nice grass
around the stream for picnicking. Aqua shoes are a good idea
(though we never use them).
Newark: Birch Grove Park 38080 Birch Street
In the summer they have a water play area with a tall overhead
shower and a button to press to make jets of water shoot up from the
Approximately 15 acres that include play structures for tots
and older children, a fenced softball playing field, a basketball court,
lighted tennis courts, and family/group picnic facilities. There are
Community Center Park: 35501 Cedar Boulevard 5 and under
wading pool. Untreated water, pool refilled every day. Grassy shaded slopes
for picnicking surround a very nice natural-looking wading pool
with pebbly concrete bottom. Approximately 16 acres that include
play structures for tots and older children, a combined basketball
and handball court, lighted tennis courts, a children's wading
pool, and family picnic facilities. New play structures are tentatively
scheduled to be constructed as a part of the 1997/98 fiscal year. The
Community Center is located at this park. There are restroom
There is a fun park with a water play area in San Ramon. It's
off Bollinger Canyon Rd. (from I-680). It's well worth the drive
Roger & Heather
There are several parks nice parks in the Danville area. One
particular park that my kids love while I'm playing soccer nearby is
Osage Community park off Sycamore Valley road in Danville. They have a large
fountain/basin with running water that kids play in and around
all summer. The park also has several play structures suitable to
entertain toddlers to preteens. I've also gone to a public pool located in
that has a few pools for wading, diving, splashing. My kids ages 2 and 7
had so much fun they refused leave after 5 or 6 hours. The pool also has
large grassy areas for picnics or just relaxing. I believe it is the
community park pools of Hercules.
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