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Frequently Asked Questions

When are the parks open?
Most regional parks, such as Micke Grove Regional Park and Oak Grove Regional Park, are open every day except Christmas. Parks open no later than 8 a.m. and close at sunset, unless otherwise permitted.

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How much does it cost to get in the park? Are pets allowed?
Admission to regional parks, including both Micke Grove and Oak Grove, is $5 - $10 per vehicle. Vehicles exceeding 22 ft. are $12. Pets on a leash are allowed into the parks for $1.

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If I want to book a picnic shelter/indoor facility, what do I do?
Because our facilities are so popular, we usually book events a year in advance (this is especially true for weekend dates during peak season). Reservations can be booked up to one year in advance of the event. In fact, it is not unusual to have people waiting outside our offices to reserve preferred dates. To make a reservation, call 953-8800 or 331-7400 or stop by our Administration office in Micke Grove Park. Be sure to select an event date, an alternative date, time of function and number of people expected prior to making the reservation.

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Can the reservation permit be faxed to me?
Reservations can only be made over the phone or in person at the Administration office, located in Micke Grove Park. Reservations can be made between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

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Do school groups need reservations for a field trip? Is there a fee?
No reservations are needed for self-guided school tours of Micke Grove Zoo. Classes are welcome to attend the zoo, but as of Sept. 1, 2003; visitors will be charged the standard zoo entrance fee - $5 adults and $3 youth 3 through 13. Children under two years of age will receive free admission. Vehicles exceeding 22 ft. will be charged the $12 parking fee unless it has a "California Exempt" license plate. Weekday vehicle fees are $5 - 10.

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Are there picnic tables? Barbecues? Water and electricity?
Yes, all of our picnic facilities have picnic tables and barbecues. Most rental facilities, excluding Poppy at Oak Grove, include electrical outlets and water.

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Are all picnic shelters covered?
All reservable picnic shelters are covered.

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Are there round tables in the auditorium?
Yes, we offer up to 14 - 5 ft. round tables (up to 8 people per table). In addition we offer 12 ft. x 29 in. rectangular tables (each usually seats 12 people). Standard card tables and a limited number of 8 ft. tables are also available for use.

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Can my softball league use a field at the Regional Sports Complex? How about soccer fields?
To inquire about soccer and softball field rentals, call our office at 953-8800. 

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When are fish deliveries at Oak Grove Lake?
Catfish and Rainbow Trout are planted periodically during their respective seasons.

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Are there any job openings in S.J. Parks & Rec?
Job openings are posted and applied for through the San Joaquin County Human Resources Dept., located at the Canlis Bldg. (24 S. Hunter St., Rm. 106) in downtown Stockton. Or visit www.sjgov.org/hr .

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