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Strawberry Water Park information
May 26 2016 - 02:00:00 pm
1114 Parkside

Dates of Operation:

Open for the summer season (seven days a week) beginning: June 4

Hours of Operation:
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Daily Admission:
$10 for Pasadena residents (over 48 inches tall)
$12 for non-residents (over 48 inches tall)
$6 for Pasadena residents (under 48 inches tall)
$8 for non-residents (under 48 inches tall)

Guests under 48 inches are not able to use water slides.

Season Passes:
$70 for Pasadena residents
$90 for non-residents

Season passes are on sale now. Each person who purchases a season pass will need their picture taken in the Strawberry Park Office (1104 Parkside - under the white pavilion).

Rental Information:
Rental Rooms, Cabanas and Island Umbrellas are available for rental only. Rental Rooms will be available for rental starting Friday, May 27 for the weekend of June 4. Cabanas and Island Umbrellas will be available for rental this weekend (May 28-May 30) starting Friday, May 27.

Rental Rooms
• Rental Room: two hour maximum, $20 per person (10 person minimum, 25 person maximum).
• $100 deposit; $20 non-resident fee.
• Price includes admission into the water park for the day.
• Rental package includes two hot dogs and one 12 oz. soda with a free refill per guest. The guest of honor will receive two hot dogs, one collector’s cup and three refills.
• Room must be rented 7 days in advance at the Strawberry Office (1104 Parkside - under white pavilion).
• Complete rental cost is due at time of reservation.

• Cabana: $45 for two hours; $75 for four hours; $140 for eight hours.
• Cabanas allow four people and include four chairs and one small side table.
• Water park admission is not included in cabana rental price.
• May be rented in advance at the Strawberry Office or day of, if available, at Strawberry Water Park.

Island Umbrellas
• Island Umbrellas: $45 for two hours; $75 for four hours; $140 for eight hours.
• Island Umbrellas allow eight people and include four chairs.
• Water park admission is not included in island umbrella rental price.
• May be rented in advance at the Strawberry Office or day of, if available, at Strawberry Water Park.

General Rules:
1. All persons entering the facility must pay the admission fee.
2. Any child under the age of 13 must be supervised by a person who is at least 16 years of age, with proper swim attire and who must remain with that child or children at all times.
3. Proper swimwear must be worn. Unacceptable clothing includes jeans, cut-offs, cotton shirts, basketball shorts, and undergarments not made for swimming. Dri Fit material is acceptable.
4. Children who wear diapers must wear swim diapers.
5. All non-swimmers must wear a USCG approved life vests. Inflatable flotation devices are not allowed.
6. All swimmers must shower before entering the pool.
7. No running around the pool.
8. No horseplay, dunking, pushing or shoving.
9. No eating or drinking in the pool.
10. No smoking inside pool fence or in the pool house.
11. No profanity.
12. No coolers or outside food or drink allowed.
13. No climbing on non-play structures, including but not limited to: plants, umbrellas, fence, etc.
14. No electronics in the pool.
15. Glassware of any kind and sharp objects are prohibited from the pool deck.
16. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited from the pool area. Any persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not allowed in the pool area.
17. City of Pasadena is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
18. All riders for the slides must be 48” tall.
19. For safety reasons, personal items are not allowed on the slides.
20. There will be no rain out passes or cash refunds.
21. Cabanas and island umbrellas must be rented.
22. Only service animals are permitted inside.
23. Pool Manager may remove anyone from the pool area in violation of the rules.

Frequently Asked Questions:
• Is there a limit on how many people can enter the water park?
Yes, the capacity of the water park is 600 people inside the gates. Upon prepaid ticket sale or entrance, you will be given a wristband. That wristband must be on your person at all time. If it is lost, please have your receipt to verify and receive another wristband.

• Can I buy tickets and/or rent cabanas in advance?
You may rent or buy tickets in advance at the Strawberry Office (1104 Parkside - under the white pavilion).

• How can I get the discounted rate for Pasadena residents?
When you purchase your tickets, you must show a valid photo ID or a utility bill (with photo ID) in your name with a Pasadena address.

• Do you accept credit cards?
Credit cards are accepted at the water park, but there is a $5 minimum purchase requirement for credit card transactions.

• Do I have to pay for my toddler/child to enter the water park?
Yes. Because we are limited to the number of people who may enter the water park and because a ratio of lifeguards to water park guests must be maintained, every person who enters the facility must pay the admission fee.

• Are there lockers available?
Lockers and provided locks are available for $1. You will be required to leave identification at the ticket window until the lock is returned upon your exit.

• Can I bring a cooler/ice chest/food/drink to the water park?
No. If found with a cooler, you will be asked to return it to your vehicle. Concession items are available for purchase. We have priced the items on our current concession menu to be no more than $5; that includes hot dogs ($2.25), hamburgers ($2.50), cheeseburgers ($3.00), chips ($1.25), Pepsi fountain drinks ($1.00-$2.25, depending on size), Gatorade ($1.75) and bottled water ($.75), funnel fries ($2.75-$4.75, depending on size) and Island Oasis Iced Drink ($2.50).

• Are lap swim passes available?
Not at this time; however, we are looking into adding exercise programs later this summer.

• Where should I park?
Parking is open in the front of the water park (near the entrance). This is located between the tennis center and the playground.

• Can I book a party at the water park?
Yes. Rental reservations for the summer season 2016 will start Friday, May 27.

• What about field trips and daycare groups?
Field trips and daycares are encouraged to pre-pay for their tickets and must demonstrate at least a 1 counselor to 7 children ratio. Counselor must remain in sight of their group and may be required to enter the water.

• What happens if bad weather hits while I’m at the water park?
If thunder or lighting occurs, everyone must exit the facility for safety. If the park reopens, there will be a one hour window for those patrons to return. If the park is not able to be opened, there will be no refunds if the patron was in the facility for one hour or more before being asked to exit. Receipt must be presented.

• Can I come and go?
No, the cashiers will allow you to leave for no more than 5-10 minutes and must sign your wristband before you exit.

A Few Fun Facts:
- The slide tower is 30 feet tall.
- There are three sizes of tubes available for the lazy river, including some that seat two-people.
- There are 10 strawberries in the walk along section of the pool, which were designed by the general contractors on the project, Progressive Commercial Aquatics.
- At any given time, there are 22 lifeguards on deck.

Need more information? Contact our Aquatics Office at (713) 948-0322.
Hurricane season forecast & important safety information at Hurricane Workshop on June 4
May 23 2016 - 02:31:00 pm
The City's annual Community Safety Fair and Hurricane Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center.

The event, which is hosted by the City of Pasadena and the Southeast Regional Local Emergency Planning Committee, will feature health and safety booths with information on things like fire safety, crime prevention, swimming pool safety, child internet safety, sheltering in place and chemical release safety. And at 1 p.m., there will be a special presentation by KTRK ABC-13 Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller, who will give a hurricane season forecast and tips on how to prepare for it.

And although the goal of the event is to give people information to help keep themselves and their families safe, it is also designed to be a day of fun for the whole family.

Guests can enjoy free hot dogs and soft drinks, while supplies last. There will also be door prizes throughout the day and displays of fire trucks and other emergency equipment, including a JAWS of Life demonstration.

Admission to the Safety Fair & Hurricane Workshop is free. Everyone in the community is invited and encouraged to attend the event. The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 7902 Fairmont Parkway. For more information, contact (713) 475-5588.
Entertainment and fun for all ages at the Strawberry Festival this weekend
May 18 2016 - 01:45:00 pm
The Pasadena Strawberry Festival will be held May 20-22 at the Pasadena Convention Center & Fairgrounds. The event, which has been a Pasadena tradition for 43 years, features hundreds of vendors, a carnival, two stages of musical entertainment & concerts, an adventure zone for kids, a barbecue cook-off, a 160-team mud volleyball tournament, entertainment and much more. New this year is the Strawberry Festival Music Competition, which will feature a battle of the bands, a singing contest, a drum off and other musical competitions.

One of the most popular attractions every year is the World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake, which holds the Guinness World Record. The cake spans more than 1200 sq. ft. and takes a team of volunteers approximately 12 hours to assemble, not including prep time. To make the cake, it takes: 3500 lbs. of strawberries, 3000 lbs. of glaze, 1095 lbs. of whipped icing and 435 sheet cakes.

With two stages for musical performances, the Strawberry Festival will also feature a full line-up of concerts throughout the weekend. The concerts on the main stage are:

  • Cameran Nelson: Friday at 8:30 p.m.
  • Aaron Watson: Friday at 10 p.m.
  • Hudson Moore: Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
  • Eric Paslay: Saturday at 10 p.m.

Admission is $15 per adult, $5 per child (ages 5-12; kids 4 and under are free) and $5 for senior citizens (55 and older). A three-day weekend pass is $30 and, on Sunday only, a family pack (five tickets) will be available for $30.

Proceeds from the Strawberry Festival are used for scholarships for local students and to support community projects. This year alone, the Strawberry Festival has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships and donated thousands of dollars to local non-profit community groups.

The Pasadena Strawberry Festival will be held Friday, May 20 from 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is held at the Pasadena Convention Center & Fairgrounds, located at 7902 Fairmont Pkwy.

For more information, visit the Pasadena Strawberry Festival website.
Strawberry Festival Parade will be Saturday, May 14
May 10 2016 - 11:19:00 am
Groups, businesses and organizations from throughout the community will be part of the annual Strawberry Festival Parade this Saturday, May 14. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Shaver and Spencer. From there, the parade will travel along Spencer to Burke, ending at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The parade is an annual tradition, held on the Saturday that precedes the festival itself. Everyone in the community is invited to come out and enjoy the parade.

For more information, visit the Pasadena Strawberry Festival website.
Historical festival & grand opening set for Saturday, May 7
May 05 2016 - 03:32:00 pm
Stroll Down Memory Lane will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Park and Museum (204 South Main).

This historical festival offers an up-close look at our city's history. Guests can tour some of the oldest homes in Pasadena, view antiques and memorabilia from the area's first settlers and hear stories about the city's earliest days.

Pasadena's first fire truck, Ol' Betsy, will be on display, as will a horse buggy from 1910. There will also be a grand opening ceremony for the most recently restored house, the Prairie House.

The event will also feature vendors, a bounce house, dancers, music and entertainment, along with BBQ for sale. Admission is free.

For more information about Stroll Down Memory Lane or the museum itself, visit the Heritage Park and Museum website.
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