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North Commons Park and Recreation Center feature spacious grounds, beautiful scenery, and many amenities that include a water park and wading pool, sports fields and courts and a playground.
North Commons Water Park
Note: North Commons Water Park is currently closed for major repairs; an opening date is currently planned for mid-July.
The water park's fees are listed above. The water park is open from early June through late August. Amenities include three-story speed and loop slides, a water playground, and "Funbrellas" for shade. The water park's regular season runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Learn more about North Commons Water Park here.
North Commons Wading Pool
There is an additional non-guarded wading pool that is free. The wading pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
North Commons Park has participated in the summer meals program, offering free lunch and snacks to children under 18 years during summer break. Please call to confirm it is still participating in the program.
North Commons Recreation Center
This recreation center has air conditioning. It offers a variety of camps, activities, events and programs. Find more information in the seasonal activity guides. Indoor amenities include board games and a computer lab. There are also rec room games - foosball, ping pong, billiards. In 2019, was updated with a new basketball court, backboards, rims, lights, fresh paint, and new enhancements throughout the center. These improvements were part of an effort to build a safe place for families and young people to play, learn and grow so this park could continue to be a community hub and a resource for kids of all ages.
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