Things to Bring to Waterfront Park

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Waterfront Park is a fun park to visit! However, you’ll want to come prepared. Here is a list of anything and everything you may want to bring to Waterfront Park. You don’t NEED all these things, but this comprehensive list will help you remember what you want to bring to Waterfront Park. 

Fun in the Sun

If you’re going to enjoy the interactive water feature, you’ll definitely want to bring a few things that you wouldn’t bring for a typical day at the park: 

  • Swimsuit
  • Two (2) towels per person
  • Sunscreen (body)
  • Sunscreen (face)
  • Hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Swim shoes
  • Sunglasses

Especially for Toddlers/Babies:

  • Swim diapers (regular diapers are not allowed in the water)
  • Sun hat
  • Infant sunscreen 
  • Diaper bag
  • Baby wipes

Other Things to Bring Waterfront Park

Because of the lack of shade at this park, here are some other items you might consider bringing: 

  • Pop-up shade structure
  • Play tent
  • Blankets
  • Folding chairs
  • Folding table
  • Wagon (to transport everything!)

And here are some ideas of typical things you’d bring for a day of fun at the park: 

  • Balls/Frisbee
  • Snacks
  • Water bottles
  • Trash bag
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Light jackets

Things to Bring for a Birthday Party

The only picnic tables at Waterfront Park are beyond the playground, so if you’re having a birthday party where guests will enjoy the interactive water feature, you’ll definitely want to consider bringing these items: 

  • Pop-up shade structure
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Decorations
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Cake
  • Favors
  • Games
  • Sunscreen and towels for guests

Be sure to check out my post on Waterfront Park for more information on having an event at Waterfront Park!

What NOT to Bring

There are some rules for what you cannot bring to Waterfront Park, these include: 

  • Glass bottles 
  • Bikes or scooters (you’ll have to park them outside the park)
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Confetti, glitter, rice, bird seed, artificial flower petals
  • Anything with open flames (including candles and bbqs)
  • The only toys allowed in the interactive fountains are balls (no bubbles or anything else). 

Permits are required for the following: 

  • Alcohol (only allowed with area reservation and special permit, never allowed in picnic areas.)
  • Barbecuing, cooking, catering, glass containers.
  • The use of musical instruments, sound equipment or sound amplification devices that exceed the decibel limits in Rule D-4. B-4 Using bicycles, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades or roller skates.
  • Recreational apparatus including but not limited to inflatable bounce structures, climbing structures, dunking machines, trampolines, portable swing sets, or any other similar device, mechanism or structure.
  • Groups of 100 or more people.
  • Performances with stages, chairs, or other apparatus.
  • The use or operation of motorized model planes (including drones), model boats or model vehicles.

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