Perris residents on July 11 can enjoy a free day of water-sports fun while receiving safety tips about how to avoid drowning at the newly opened DropZone aquatics center.
The day of fun and sun continues the City’s Live Well Perris health initiative—by getting youngsters and their parents off the couch and exercising—and is sponsored by Mayor Daryl Busch. Activities take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the DropZone, located at 2165 Trumble Road. The day’s events are topped off by a showing of the movie “Finding Nemo.”
Admission is limited to 1,800 people and the first 200 will receive free “goody bags.” Resident must show photo identification or a utility bill as proof of Perris residence. There is a maximum of eight people allowed for every two adults.
“It’s a great fun experience but it also teaches people how to be safe when they get in the water,” Busch said. “The DropZone has already become a regional draw since it opened and this event is a great opportunity of our Perris residents to have a family-fun day while learning some life-saving skills. It’s a win-win all the way around.”
Cynthia Quintero, who supervises aquatics programs for the City, said the day’s activities also include a Flow Rider demonstrations, calypso musical performances, aqua aerobics demonstrations and pool-safety tips. Those include never leaving toddlers and young children alone in the pool and reminding people that it takes only moments to fall into a pool and drown.
“Drowning is quiet, not loud,” Quintero said.
The upcoming aquatics day continues a series of sports-related clinics and skills events sponsored as part of Live Well Perris. The City already has hosted a boxing clinic that drew hundreds of residents. A baseball clinic is set for August while skate-boarding, soccer, power-walking, hiking and bicycling events are planned for later in 2014.
Quintero said that because of the limited availability, Perris residents should get to the DropZone early.
“I’m excited for all the kids and their parents to come out and have a great time,” she said. “It’s going to be a great day to enjoy a nice, cool time at a great water park.”