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Cooling off at Morse Park in Elk Grove

July 8, 2012

 By Heather Crivellone

I hope everyone enjoyed the festivities over the 4th of July holiday…I know my family sure did!  Summers here in Sacramento are typically hot, hot, hot.  But this year has seemed to be more hit and miss with the hot weather and we have been playing like it’s springtime on most days.  The hot days come and go- but we are still continuing to visit our local spraygrounds.  And like most kids, mine doesn’t care if the weather is 95 degrees or 70 degrees, they will splash and play the day away.  So to continue on our “tour” of the local spray grounds, we recently headed out to Elk Grove to play at Morse Park (5540 Bellaterra Drive).
I had heard many moms raving about how fun this park was-so we had to experience it for ourselves!

The kids were in heaven with the two play structures. They had plenty of climbing opportunities for my two little monkeys – a huge rope spider web, rocks to climb on, a climbing wall, bars to hang and swing on…a preschoolers dream (and a mommies nightmare with visions of trips to the emergency room!).

The spray ground was probably the best I have seen- areas for both younger kids and older kids.. And if you are planning to play with the kids- be prepared to not just get a little wet to “cool off”, but to get REALLY wet!
They have the typical misters and sprayers, but what makes this park unique is the large “hanging barrel” that drops water onto the ground, sprays out and literally soaks everyone! The older kids were having a blast getting drenched, while the littler guys were having fun shooting water from the “Nemo Fish” squirters.

If you are looking for a place to spend the afternoon, this is a good spot, the park will keep the kids entertained and cool for hours. They also have soccer fields, basketball courts, bathrooms and some benches and tables to picnic on.

Morse Park is situated in the middle of a newer residential neighborhood, so unfortunately there is not a whole lot of shade to go around. There are some umbrellas, but I would HIGHLY recommend bringing your own umbrella or set up an EZ-Up for a long afternoon out.
The spray ground is open from May1st-September 30th, 10am- 8pm.. If you plan on making the trip out to Morse Park- bring along lots of sunscreen, dry clothes and be ready to play hard and have some wet and wild fun!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. CACY permalink
    June 13, 2014 12:44 am

    WE PULLED UP &WE DIDN’T C ANY WATER FEATURES &THOUGHT WE MUST HAVE GOTTEN WRONG INFO~5540 BELLATERRA RIGHT??? IS IT DEEPER IN THE PARK???

  2. kelly simoes permalink
    June 10, 2014 5:34 pm

    have they shortened the hours for the spray ground? the spray was off at 7pm yesterday, maybe drought reduction?

    • scvbgold permalink*
      June 11, 2014 8:34 am

      Hi Kelly,

      Yes, it’s very possible that spray park hours have been shortened due to the drought, however I checked with the Consumnes parks and rec department and their website states that spray park hours are from 11am to 7pm daily. Check it out here: http://www.yourcsd.com/rec/aquatics.asp

  3. Roger permalink
    August 4, 2012 9:53 am

    Thanks for posting the hours for the spray ground… could not find this info on any official parks site, or any other “review.”

  4. July 30, 2012 3:15 am

    Splash parks should be there in every city. It is the best place to beat the heat during summer.

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