Signs of spring in South Florida: exhibition baseball games, an hour more of daylight and water parks turning their faucets on.
The four parks operated by Broward County's Parks and Recreation Division open Friday, coinciding with spring break for public schools. They'll remain open through March 30, then have a weekend-only schedule until school ends June 5.
Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines is unveiling a new water-slide structure called Paradise Pipeline. It replaces one that was about 30 years old, park manager Brian McLaughlin says.
"It has four slides instead of two, and we're hoping the lines will be shorter, and we can get more patrons through," he says. "And it's something new and different and fun."
The parks division took control of the concession business last year, rather than contracting it out. With the change came a relaxation of food rules. Coolers are now allowed, as long as they don't hold glass or pizza, which the park sells. More info at Broward.org/parks.
The four water parks, which will be open 9:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. through the spring, follow.
Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, 954-357-5170. $9.50 per person, $6.50 after 3 p.m.
Castaway Island at Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood, 954-357-8811. 9:30 a.m.-5:20 p.m. $8.
Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, 954-357-5401. 9:30 a.m.-5:20 p.m. $5.
Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, 954-357-5100. 9:30 a.m.-5:20 p.m. $5.
Meanwhile, the two water parks operated by Palm Beach County's Parks and Recreation department opened this week and are open through Monday. Beginning next week, they'll be open weekends only through June 6. Go to PBCGov.com/parks/aquatics.
The two parks are Calypso Bay, at Seminole Palms Park, 151 Lamstein Lane, in Royal Palm Beach (561-790-6160), and Coconut Cove, at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, 20130 Regional Park Drive, in Boca Raton (561-274-1140).
Rapids Water Park in West Palm Beach is open daily through April 27, weekends only through May 17, and then daily again through Sept. 1. Weekday admission is $39.99 plus tax, and prices are higher on weekends, lower after 4 p.m. Go to RapidsWaterPark.com.
Some cities also offer their own water-play areas and parks. Check each city's web site for details.