SCV dads celebrate Father’s Day
The first day of summer brought warm temperatures to the Santa Clarita Valley, but on Sundays the family always gathered outside to celebrate Father’s Day.
At the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, Valencia-based Chandler Strode watched from a shallow pool as the kids played in the water play area.
“It’s so hot, why don’t you take advantage of the water today,” he said. “The kids made breakfast for me, and now we’re here. I can’t think of a better way to spend the day with them.
Sean and Tamura Phantom across the parking lot sat in the shade of the Santa Clarita Skate Park.
“We’re just hanging out on a bike in a skatepark,” said Kite, 13.
The Sunday visit was a special Father’s Day activity as Tamura doesn’t come to skateparks very often.
“It’s a little hot today, but it feels good to go out,” added Sean Tamura.
Doug Smith, who lives in Sogas, visited Central Park with his son.
“We’re playing in the park today,” Smith said. “It really feels good to get out of the house (my son). Last year he helped a lot of people… so we always come here.
Some people celebrated in an air-conditioned restaurant to beat the heat. There was also a restaurant for the first time in over a year, like Will Cooper, who lives in Valencia.
“I can’t remember the last restaurant I ate inside, it’s so long,” Cooper said while sitting with his two sons.
Coopers chose to have brunch at the Marstons restaurant to celebrate Father’s Day. It was something I did regularly before the pandemic.
“We’ll be coming here often and catching up on Sunday because it’s right next to our house,” added Paul, Cooper’s son.
Today Cooper, 87, was happy to return to the restaurant booth with some boys he hadn’t seen much in the past year.
“I missed the cat,” he added with a laugh.