Madison splash parks opening Saturday, now with extended hours

May 25, 2019

Kids of all ages will be able to get their splash on come Saturday, with the opening of Madison’s three splash parks.

The splash parks are in Elver Park on the Southwest Side, Reindahl Park on the East Side, as well as Cypress Spray Park, 902 Magnolia Lane, on the South Side.

The free splash parks have extended hours this summer, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

City beaches also are opening Saturday. Two beaches, BB Clarke and Vilas, will be staffed with lifeguards from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Memorial Day.

Those two beaches will also be staffed with lifeguards on the “pre-season” weekends of June 1 and June 8.

The regular season for lifeguards starts June 13 and 14, after school is out.

Beaches with more than one lifeguard include BB Clarke, Vilas, Olbrich and Tenney, with lifeguards on duty June 13 to Labor Day, Sept. 2.

Single-lifeguard beaches are at Bernies, Esther, Spring Harbor and Warner parks. Lifeguards will be on duty from June 14 to Aug. 18.

Beaches with no lifeguard include Olin, Brittingham, James Madison and Marshall parks.

Water conditions at the beaches are tested regularly, and if results show too much bacteria or algae, beaches can be shut down by Public Health Madison and Dane County.

Waters at all 12 Madison beaches have been tested and are OK heading into the Memorial Day weekend, according to the city’s beach report.

Goodman Pool also opens June 13, with free admission to the first 500 youngsters.

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