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GILROY GARDENS Special to gmh TODAY W hen the original Water Oasis interactive water play area opened at Gilroy Gardens in 2014, it soon became known as the coolest place to play during Gilroy’s hot summers. But the area, which was specifically designed for young kids ages two to five years old, quickly filled to capacity. Now, due to popular demand, Water Oasis has more than doubled in size, with bigger slides for bigger kids—and more splashy fun for all ages. The Water Oasis expansion opened mid-May 2018 to rave reviews, with four new larger slides designed for older children, a giant tipping bucket that splashes more than 300 gallons of water, and over 90 additional spray jets and other water play features. There are also more family cabanas (available for daily rental), comfortable seating just outside the splash zone, plus plenty of majestic palm trees and shade umbrellas. As one young guest observed, “The new slides are even big enough for my DAD!” Parents and grandparents agree that the expanded Water Oasis is a definite upgrade to the park, which was already a magical wonderland for families with young children. “It’s great to have a place where our older kid s can have Splash Down — Bigger, Better Water Oasis 94 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JUNE/JULY 2018