With temperatures rising and electrical energy costs doing the identical, many Yolo County residents may select to journey east to South Lake Tahoe or west to coastal seashores to get a break from the warmth.
Nevertheless, some may not notice that the closest “beach-like” expertise doesn’t require a two-hour drive and a resort room or Airbnb. Velocity Island Park has been open in Woodland for seven years and contains a lengthy strip of land with sandy seashores, cable-driven wakeboarding, and an aqua park with floating obstacles and actions similar to swings and slides.
“Cable parks are throughout Texas and Florida,” operations supervisor Matthew Sturdy stated. “Within the western United States, there’s solely two, and so they’re half-hour aside.”
Sturdy stated that Velocity Island was the one water park legally open in California throughout many of the pandemic due to all of the protocols and social distancing measures they carried out.
The park selected to maintain the sectioned seashores as a result of individuals like having their very own house, however not all of those sections include an umbrella for shade, and costs differ from weekdays to weekends, in line with Sturdy.
Sturdy encourages individuals to go to the park in the event that they haven’t been right here however emphasised that the most effective expertise, in his opinion, was getting to look at the sundown.
“You’re feeling such as you’re in Mexico when the solar’s setting,” he stated. “You don’t even really feel such as you’re in Woodland of all locations.”
Enterprise has been choosing up since restrictions had been loosened and folks began to really feel extra snug to exit and do extra actions, in line with Sturdy.
“There’s been an enormous surge within the birthday events round right here,” he said. “There’s a minimum of a dozen a day calling.”
Whereas there are lots of actions to do within the park, the principle attraction appeared to be wakeboarding — spectating or taking part — with a park that options obstacles and ramps for wakeboarders to leap off or grind and for spectators to look at in awe.
“We’ve got children which might be right here daily,” Sturdy stated. “They simply preserve getting higher.”
The wakeboarders are pulled by a cable system across the oval-shaped course. There are solely six cables with ample room between every one to forestall accidents, and boarders are required to look at a six-minute educational video, in line with Sturdy.
Beau Porter, 17, was visiting California from Maryland along with his household, and so they determined to cease in Woodland simply to go to the park. He stated his Friday go to was his second time on the park however has been wakeboarding for 10 years.
“I believe individuals ought to undoubtedly come,” he said. “They’d have an excellent time, everyone seems to be very nice, and the meals is actually good.”
Velocity Island additionally contains a bar with an excellent quantity of people that come to simply hang around with out taking part in any water actions.
“Lots of people from Woodland don’t notice they’ll simply come right here and drink, and it’s like being at a seashore.”
Sturdy additionally stated that the meals on the park just isn’t just like the meals you’d count on to see at different water or amusement parks.
“Though that is sort of like an amusement park, we don’t have amusement park meals.”
Johnathan James Bach is the chef for the park and is attempting to carry recent and native components to his kitchen.
“Being born and raised right here, I really like this city, and I need to help it,” he emphasised. “I attempt to supply every little thing domestically and need to herald solely high quality components to this park.”
Bach defined that the restaurant and bar lately modified the title from the “Black Pearl” to the “Edgewater” in an try to steer to a extra upscale surroundings with sit-down dinners on plated dishes.
“We’ll do the lunch crowd for the children after which nighttime rides when mother and pop can sit down and have a pleasant glass of chardonnay and a few good meals whereas their children play,” Again stated.
Bach recommends attempting the Mamacita ceviche or any burgers on the menu when visiting the park.
Woodland resident Lindsey Heidrick rented a seashore house for her and her children and purchased aqua park tickets so they might cool off.
“I’m very pleased with this place, I believe it’s superior and a profit to the entire neighborhood,” she stated. “Folks come from throughout, and I believe lots of people right here at the moment should not from Woodland.”
Nevertheless, Heidrick identified that the park is slightly costly. She stated she spent $70 for the seashore spot and $20 for every youngster going to the Aqua Park for 40 minutes.
“This isn’t a cheap place to go.”
Nonetheless, she believes the park is a superb place to go contemplating the river is low and the few locations out there for residents to chill off.
“You possibly can truly come out and get some train whereas being safely socially distances,” she stated.
Kaia Pipkin, 19, has been working on the park for 3 years and stated she’s executed every little thing. She’s at present the aqua park supervisor and thinks it’s nice that Woodland has a spot like this.
“I really like the seashore, so with that being two hours away, that is undoubtedly actually handy, particularly with not a ton to do in Woodland and never a whole lot of water locations normally.”
She enjoys working at a spot that individuals can carry their households to on a scorching day to chill off or simply to have enjoyable.
“I believe it’s actually cool to be part of one thing that provides individuals a brand new alternative.”
Pipkin goes to Boise State and works on the park through the summer time months when she’s again house.
Brian Naranjo, 17, is the board store supervisor and began working on the park in the beginning of the pandemic.
“I didn’t notice how cool this place was as a result of I’d drive by it daily from college and didn’t come right here that always, however I want I did,” the Woodland native stated. “It looks like one thing you wouldn’t count on to see in a city that’s so scorching, particularly the seashore.”
Fortunately for Naranjo, he’s going to UC Santa Cruz subsequent 12 months and will probably be buying and selling as much as an actual seashore.
If , individuals could make reservations on-line at https://www.velocityislandpark.com/.