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Discovery Park will open this weekend after four months of being underwater

A cyclist rides through water covering the bike trail at Discovery Park on Monday May 1, 2017.
A cyclist rides through water covering the bike trail at Discovery Park on Monday May 1, 2017. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

After being flooded for months, Discovery Park will open its gates Saturday for Memorial Day weekend, Sacramento County Regional Parks announced Wednesday.

The 302-acre park closed in January during winter storms as heavy rains and high releases from Folsom Lake left it underwater. The popular summer destination sits at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers.

Tiscornia Beach and much of the park will remain closed, but the boat launch, some parking lots and picnic areas overlooking the confluence will be open. The Jibboom Bridge will open and the American River bike trail will be available through the closed areas.

“We’re pleased that storm clean-up by our maintenance staff and favorable river flow projections will allow us to open a portion of the park for Memorial Day weekend,” said Parks Director Jeff Leatherman in a press release.

Alcohol is prohibited on the river and in the park from Saturday through Monday. Vehicle entry fees will be $8 rather than the usual $5.

A cat was stuck on tree branches Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at Discovery Park after being trapped by rising water. A Sacramento Fire Department crew was on hand to rescue the animal.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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