How to cool off in Keizer & Salem

Parks and pools in both Salem and Keizer offer plenty of ways to cool off this summer.

Salem have five splash fountains in its parks, and Keizer has one behind the civic center on Chemawa Road NE.

In Salem, fountains at River Road Park and Riverfront are open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, while Fairmount, Northgate and Wes Bennett parks are operating noon – 8 p.m. Englewood Park opens June 30 and will operate noon – 8 p.m. All are open every day.

If you wanna splash around in Keizer, first check the forecasted temperature: If it’s 75 degrees or up, come on in!

The fountain will be open 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, then July 4th weekend, then every Wednesday-Sunday through Labor Day weekend. Updated information will be posted at Keizer.org.

For a more immersive experience hit up two public swimming pools in the area:  The Salem Kroc Center (503-566-5762) at 1865 Bill Frey Drive NE, and the Olinger Pool (503-588-6332) at 1310 A Street NE.

Rates at the Kroc Center are $5 for a day pass. Starting July 1 that goes up to $7 for those aged 18-61, kids and those 62 and up remain at $5.

Summer hours are Monday-Thursday noon-6 p.m.,  reopening at 7 p.m. and going until 9 p.m. Fridays the pool is open noon – 9 p.m., Saturdays hours are 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays are 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

At Olinger Pool, rates are $2 for youth 2-12, $4 for teens 13-18, $5 for adults 19-64, $4 for seniors and $13 for a family pass. Visit youry.org, roll over the Salem Family YMCA link and click Programs, then Aquatics for current hours.

The wave pool at Evergreen Wings & Waves waterpark was hopping on its debut weekend. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Evergreen Wings & Waves splashes down in the Valley

Evergreen Aviation added a new building to their growing Evergreen Aviation Museum: Evergreen Wings & Waves water park in McMinnville.

The park has lots of cool features, including a wave pool and four water slides. Each of the color-coded slides begin in a hollowed out airplane nestled on the roof of the building. Once patrons make it up the stairs and through the lines, they can dash down on a free single or double inner tube (for the Sonic Boom, Nosedive, or Tailspin) and arrive at the bottom in a sort of “landing zone.” Another slide, the Mach 1, requires only your body and completes the ride by dumping you in a pool.

Televisions around the park allow less brave patrons to watch others as they speed down the slides.  There are also smaller kid slides and play areas, as well as a “vortex pool” and swimming pool.

The park has two predictable drawbacks: the cost and the crowds. Admission is $25 for those patrons under 42 inches tall, and $30 for those taller than 42 inches (the height requirement for the slides). Children under 3 are free. There is plenty of parking, but be prepared to spend some time in line if you want to ride the slides.