Palmdale’s much-anticipated water park splashing to life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2DryTown’s three water slides are named Rattler’s Revenge, The Wildcatter and Devil’s Punchbowl – the last of which lasts more than a minute, with riders swirling around a giant blue basin before plunging down the drain. Visitors can also float in inner tubes on the slow-moving current of a “river” called Big Rock River. The Little Miners Camp, for youngsters under age 12, has a rope bridge, slides and stairs standing in a foot of water and continually doused by fountains. Moms and dads can watch from lounge chairs under more than 50 umbrellas and shades set up around the park. A grill sells hamburgers, chicken and deli sandwiches, and an arcade has electronic games. Starting Saturday, the water park will be open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Labor Day. From 6 to 9 p.m., the park will be available for rent – starting at $3,000 plus food – by businesses or organizations. PALMDALE – Three 35-foot-tall waterslides, a 925-foot-long “river,” nearly 2,000 innertubes and rafts, and a playground standing in a foot of water go to work this weekend keeping Palmdale residents cool. The city’s $15.4 million DryTown Water Park opens Saturday, after a month of training some 110 staffers and lifeguards, mostly college and high school students, and one summer later than originally hoped because of construction delays from 2005 storms. “People are always at the gate looking in: `When are you going to open?”‘ recreation supervisor Pete Casey said Tuesday, as the park was opened to local news media. “There seems to be lots of interest. There was a lot of positive feedback from folks on the weekend during our training.” The western-themed water park is in the 33-acre Oasis Park, on Avenue S at 40th Street East, one of two “superparks” financed with a special tax that Palmdale property owners approved in 2002. The other was an expanded Marie Kerr Park, which gained a swimming pool and an amphitheater. The water park has room for 3,000. About 1,000 season passes have been sold so far. Daily admission for patrons ages 9 and older will be $12 for Palmdale residents, $15 for nonresidents. Tickets for Palmdale children ages 3 to 8 cost $7, or $10 for nonresidents. Palmdale seniors age 62 or older pay $7, or $10 for nonresidents. Military personnel tickets cost $10, for both resident and nonresidents. Season passes cost $53 for Palmdale residents, $64 for nonresidents. A Family Pack of four season passes costs $180 for Palmdale residents, $218 for nonresidents; passes for additional family members are $50 for residents, $60 for nonresidents. The $27.5 million Oasis Park opened its recreation center in October, with the 25-yard by 25-meter swimming pool opening to the public this weekend. The 16,800-square-foot recreation center contains a gymnasium big enough for a regulation basketball court or two smaller courts, a dance and fitness studio with wood flooring, a youth game area, a lounge, a kitchen and a multipurpose hall that can be divided into three separate rooms. Operating the water park is expected to cost about $1 million per summer, city officials said. Officials hope to attract 125,000 visitors a summer and to have admission fees cover the costs. (661) 267-5742160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgIrish Amateur Youth Champ Kyle collects his winning trophy in Co DownBRILLIANT Donegal golfer Kyle McCarron has followed in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy and been crowned Irish Amateur Golf Champion.Now Kyle is hoping Donegal’s Seniors and Minors make it a super Donegal TREBLE for the county at Croke Park this weekend.TWO school pals and school team mates are part of the squads later today – Darach O’Connor for the Seniors and Caolan McGonagle for the Minors. Kyle comes from a long family of golfers with his father, grandfather, and great grandfather all having played golf in North West Golf Club in Lisfannon.Kyle’s parents got him his first golf club when he was only two.“But Kyle had no interest in golf until he was about 13, he always played football for Inishowen but decided to give it up and got a great interest in golf,” said proud mum Roisin.“He is 18 years old now and has a handicap of +1, which he has strived to get to for a long time.” And she insisted: “Kyle and the rest of us are now hoping for a Donegal treble this weekend…wins for the Minors and Seniors at Croke Park would be fantastic!”Kyle has won quiet a few competitions in his short career but this was his first big one, he won the 2014 Irish Amateur Golf Championship in Ardglass Co Down.Said Roisin: “Rory McIlroy won this title in 2004, Graeme McDowell won it in 1999 and 2000, to name a few, so Kyle is delighted to be getting his name alongside them.”Kyle is having a great week because last Saturday in NWGC while playing in president’s prize, Kyle carded a Hole in One at the 2nd hole, a par 4 hole..360 yds, this has never been done there before so he caused quite a stir in north west for that.Kyle played last year for the Ulster Team at the Interprovencial golf championship in Cork. He has just done his leaving certificate and is starting NUI Maynooth in Mid September, where he was offered a Paddy Harrington Golf Scholarship at Maynooth University. BRILLIANT DONEGAL TEEN CROWNED IRISH GOLF CHAMP AND URGES SCHOOL PALS TO CROKE PARK GLORY was last modified: August 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:golfIrish Youth Amateur ChampionKyle McCarronlast_img read more