BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - With the drought getting worse and water restrictions closing city spray parks, people are now looking for other ways to cool off in the summer heat.
Some people are turning to places like Riverwalk Park that has water where kids can play and splash around. But the city warns that these places can be dangerous because there is no lifeguard on duty.
City swimming pools are a good alternative to beat the heat. The city says they will start offering free swimming immediately at both Jefferson Park and MLK park because both parks have spray parks that have had to be closed because of the drought. Those free days are effective until August 8.
The city will also offer discounted swimming at some of its other facilities between now and Labor Day. Those include Silver Creek and McMurtrey Aquatic Center.
For more information on public pools in Bakersfield, click here .
Parents 23ABC spoke to say they are sad to see the spray parks close but they understand why it was necessary.
The Kern County Parks and Recreation Department said Wednesday that they will keep the county spray parks open but reduce the number of hours.
The Casa Loma Park and Lost Hills Park spray parks will be open through September 1 from 2 to 7 p.m. The spray parks will close for the summer on September 2.
The department said the reduction in the hours will conserve 20 percent of the water currently being used at the spray parks which mirrors the 20 percent reduction in irrigation implemented at all county parks two months ago to conserve water.
For more information on county parks, click here .
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