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San Elijo Park Splash Pad will turn on for the Summer

Beginning Friday, June 17, the City of San Marcos will be turning on public splash pads to offer residents and visitors a place to enjoy water recreation during the hottest summer months.

Moving forward, splash pad hours will be from 10 am to 6 pm from Memorial Day weekend through September 30.

Located at Sunset Park, San Elijo Park, Buelow Park, Mulberry Park and Discovery Lake Park, splash pads are hand-activated water features within the playground that run for a limited time with little to no standing water to create a safe, water recreation destination.

“Thanks to continued water saving efforts this past year both in San Marcos and regionally, we are pleased to announce that one of our most popular summer attractions is returning,” said City Manager Jack Griffin.

In addition to splash pads, the City of San Marcos is home to two public pools – Woodland Park Aquatic Facility and Cerro De Las Posas Aquatic Facility – and boasts a comprehensive aquatic program featuring open recreation swim, family swim nights, swim assessments and ability-based swim lessons.

The city continues water conservation efforts with reduced irrigation schedules, converting conventional sprinkler spray heads with high efficiency sprinkler heads, installing drip irrigation, using native and/or drought tolerant plants in new or rehabilitated public space landscaping, retrofitting city buildings with low-flow water fixtures, and conducting landscape irrigation audits.

For more information about city water saving efforts, visit www.san-marcos.net/savingh2o.

To learn more about San Marcos aquatic facilities, splash pads, pool hours and aquatic events, visit www.san-marcos.net/aquatics.


City of San Marcos, CA: Stage two drought alert in effect for San Diego County

City of San Marcos splash pads will temporarily close to conserve water

As a result of worsening drought conditions and Governor Edmund G. Brown’s statewide drought relief measures, the San Diego County Water Authority has declared a Level  drought alert prompting mandatory conservation measures to prevent water waste.

In order to comply with these state restrictions, the City of San Marcos will be closing splash pad water features at City parks beginning Friday, August 1 and will remain closed until drought conditions improve.

Parks affected by the splash pad closures include:

  • Sunset Park
  • San Elijo Park
  • Buelow Park
  • Mulberry Park
  • Lakeside Park

By closing the splash pads, the City anticipates saving between 8,100- and 12,150- gallons of water per day.

To further conservation efforts, the City is adjusting irrigation schedules and cutting back on watering in all San Marcos parks and other landscaped public spaces like center medians, street parkways and trails, and City Hall water fountain features.

The City’s public works department continued its water saving efforts by installing nearly 1,400 new rotator nozzles in turf areas and medians. Five new SMART controllers covering 7.5 acres were also installed to make real-time adjustments based on weather information to avoid water waste.

The Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors will be voting August 6 to move Vallecitos customers into a Level 2 Drought Alert as well.

For more information about the level 2 drought alert and mandatory conservation measures, please visit www.sdcwa.org/drought-response.