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Park Serves Up Summertime Fun
The river is low in certain places and people are able to swim in other spots along the river for an affordable way to cool off during the hot days of summer, like the Vega-Torres family that spent a recent sunny day at Jacob Myers Park. Here, Riley Vega-Torres, Adele Vega-Torres, and Iliana Vega were all smiles splashing around the cool water. VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS


Jacob Myers Park off of Santa Fe Road offers the surrounding communities a variety of outdoor excitement from the access to the river to the playground, the picnic area, the open space, and camps offered through Riverbank Parks and Recreation, the park is a definite summer destination.

There has been a $5 parking fee per car on the weekends from May through September for the past four years to assist with maintenance staff, security, a park host stipend for the busy season, playground repairs, and safe tree cuts.

“All the funds brought in from the parking fee go directly to maintaining the park,” stated Parks and Recreation Director Sue Fitzpatrick. “The attendance at the park and all river access parks in the region has increased tremendously over the past few years with this year being the highest attendance.”

The river access at the park has people filling it up to capacity during the summer months with people cooling off in the river with some recreational swimming, the rope swing into the water, rafting, or floating down the river.

The river is not the only thing to enjoy at the park; there is also a playground, picnic area, a large gazebo, a wedding gazebo, an open space, trails and a group camp area. The gazeboes are available for rent.

The Parks and Recreation department also hosts movie night in the park with an upcoming feature of Earth to Echo on Saturday, July 25 at dusk, approximately 8:45 p.m.

The park is also the location for two sessions of Outdoor Adventure Camp which just wrapped up this past Friday where kids create projects, explore, hike, observe nature and more. The two week-long sessions are held in June and July.

“Jacob Myers Park is a family oriented park as the Friends of Jacob Myers Park and the city strived to accomplish,” added Fitzpatrick.