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Gilroy Gardens announces new water attractions

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 21st, 2013


An artist’s rendition of the new water area at Gilroy Gardens. (Art by Gilroy Gardens)


GILROY — When the weather heats up, crowds will soon flock to Gilroy Gardens and into its new water area.

Dubbed “Water Play Oasis,” the area, which will feature a two-foot deep pool, a splash pad and more, will open in time for the 2014 summer season, the theme park announced last week.

The Gilroy City Council agreed to allow the park to construct the water feature on Aug. 5. Gilroy Gardens, a nonprofit corporation, leases the city-owned 536 acres located at 3050 Hecker Pass Highway.

According to a report by Thomas J. Haglund, city administrator for the city of Gilroy, the area will feature a splash pad, with a flower garden layout that has various components that spray water on users from plant-themed objects shaped like bamboo, sunflowers, palm trees and others.

As a way to give visitors an understanding of how water flows, an interactive water play area will allow them to redirect water flow through a watershed, the report stated.

A “tot pool” will be one of the main components of the area, with a two-foot-deep pool featuring a slide and built-in water play equipment.

Keeping with Gilroy Gardens’ theme of education, an overview of watersheds will be shown on display boards throughout the new area.

The new water area will be located on an empty lot that houses a seasonal petting zoo, next to the Rock Maze attraction.

The cost of the new attraction is about $2 million, according to the report.

Gilroy Gardens’ last new attraction, Bonfante’s Splash Garden, was constructed in 2005.

The new water feature is the first step toward the park’s future plans of a large water park, complete with water slides, a lagoon river, picnic groves and more, according to a presentation the park gave to the City Council.

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For information and tickets, visit www.gilroygardens.org.

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