The Utah Department of Health and Utah County Health Department closed Utah Lake on Friday, July 15, after testing the water and discovering that a toxic algal bloom covered 90 percent of the lake.
Tuesday afternoon the Utah Department of Environmental Quality closed the Utah County portion of the Jordan River because the algal bloom had spread to the area.
Without Utah Lake, Utah County residents have lost one of the areas they can get out of the heat. Here are five locations close to Utah Lake where Utah Valley residents can cool off safe from the dangers of the algal bloom:
Wayne Bartholomew Family Park
If you are looking for a beach, Springville has the clear solution for you. The Wayne Bartholomew Family Park has volleyball nets and horseshoes for games if you want a break from the beach. Also, there is a concession stand. Warning: There are no lifeguards on duty. See more pictures of Wayne Bartholomew Family Park here.
Provo Rec Center
The outdoor pool at the Provo Recreation Center includes a wave ball pool, two water slides and a zero depth entry kids splash pool. Plus, you can venture inside if you’ve had enough sun to enjoy the aquatic climbing wall and leisure pool. The outdoor pool is open from noon to 8 p.m. Admission to the Provo Rec Center, including the outdoor pool, is $5 for adults and $4 for youth (ages 3–17).
Take a dip in the pool via the two 1-meter diving boards, slide or a slow plunge with the zero-depth beach entry. The SCERA Pool has 15 interactive play features, including a water playground and raindrop waterfall. The pool is open Monday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Entrance costs $6 for adults, $5 for children (4–13) and $1.50 for toddlers (1–3).
If you have young kids and don’t want to get completely submerged by water, a quick run through one of Utah County’s many splash pads is just what the heat ordered. Here are a few local splash pads you can run through for free:
- Alpine Creekside Park
- Eagle Mountain Nolan Park
- Highland Highland Town Center
- Provo Pioneer Park, The Shops at Riverwoods
- Spanish Fork North Park
- Springville Civic Center
- Santaquin Sunset Trails Park
Seven Peaks Water Park
The Seven Peaks Water Park provides both options for the active and the lazy. For those wanting to play, there are 11 slides, wave pool and rope swing. For those looking to cool off while relaxing, there is the lazy river. One-day admission costs $24.99, or you can purchase a Pass of All Passes and go multiple times.