Brentwood: Blue Goose Park Water Feature Reopens


With triple digit temperatures anticipated for Saturday, the City of Brentwood announced Thursday that Blue Goose Water Park is once again open to the public.

According to City Manager Gus Vina, the repairs have been made and the county did their re-inspection and it was approved.

The city announced on June 20 that after a county inspection, a water feature was forced to close after it was discovered that the UV light was not operational. Readings for ph, chlorine, disinfectant, and clarity were all within County code requirements.

Upon closure of the spray feature and reports by other media that people got sick, Vina provided the following sequence of events:

  • March 2018, city receives annual permit for the park water feature. Water features are treated very similar to swimming pools and must be permitted to operate.  This permit is good through end of February 2019.
  • City opens water feature in Blue Goose Park.
  • June 18, 2018 the county performs an unscheduled “routine/on-going” inspection of the water feature at Blue Goose Park. The report shows that all components of the inspection have passed.  The city is unaware of what prompted this inspection given that the annual permit inspection had already been completed.  No mention in this report of sick kids or problems with the water feature.
  • June 20, 2018, the county performs a “Recreational Health Complaint Inspection” and finds that the UV disinfection system to be inoperable and that the automatic shutdown system failed. The city immediately shut down the water feature and appropriate posting was completed.  This report “alleges” that four children became ill after playing in the spray area of the water feature on June 11th.  The city did not receive this report until June 25, 2018.  This is the first time the city is aware of any allegation that kids may have been sick.
  • June 26, 2018 city staff has been trying to communicate with the county on what prompted the June 20th
  • Regardless of the reasons for the inspection, the city has taken all the appropriate steps in shutting down the water feature, is currently working on fixing the UV disinfection system, and will not re-open the water feature until appropriate county inspections are completed.