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08/15/2014 - River Oaks Splash Pad & Dog Park Opening August 18

A brand new splash pad will be open on Monday, August 18 at River Oaks County Park in Galesburg. The splash pad is just one of several projects Kalamazoo County Parks has been working on at River Oaks. A new playground and the County Park’s second dog park will also open on Monday. Some additional areas including picnic areas and furnishing will still be under construction, but should be completed this fall. A Grand Opening Celebration is being planned for early next summer.

The Splash Pad features a variety of fun in-ground and above-ground water spray elements. The new playground has been added near the splash pad. Both areas have specific elements designed for children ages 2-5 and ages 6-12. The Splash Pad will be open daily from 10:00am-8:00pm through Labor Day weekend. After that the area will open depending on weather.

The River Oaks Dog Park features a total of 4-3/4 acres of fenced area for dogs to exercise and socialize off leash. There is a four acre enclosed area of open grass for all dogs and a 3/4 acre enclosed area for small dogs weighing under 25lbs. Plenty of shade and benches are available at the site. Drinking water and dog waste bags are also provided.

"We are pleased to be able to wrap up these projects now with a few weeks of warm weather left," said David Rachowicz, Director of the Kalamazoo County Parks. "We are hoping this will give people a chance to experience the splash pad before our Grand Opening next summer."

River Oaks County Park is open year-round from 7:00 a.m. to sunset. There is a daily entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle or annual passes can be purchased for $25.00 or $20.00 for ages 62+.

For more information and park rules call (269) 383-8778 between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday or by go online at

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