This park is great. They have a really good variety of coures. They have a bunch of woodsball courses, speedball, Civil War, and dunes. My personal favorite is the dunes which are basically large dirt mounds covered with (live) grass in a bunch of different shapes and sizes. I also like the one in the woods with the big 2 story castle. A lot of people (especially one of my friends) say the it is too expensive. But you really need to think about it. $50 for a case of paint, 2 food items, field fee, and 2 tank refills. That's actually pretty good. Most cases of paint are from $40 - 60. So right there that is a really good deal. And the paint isn't really that bad. Your gun just must suck if it keeps chopping or you left it on one the picknick tables in the sun. The only two problems with Splatter Park is that it is an hour and a half from my house (ya big deal) and the one older lady who sometimes works the cash register tries to rip you off. That is the main reason my friend thinks it's a rip off to go there. He just doesn't understand that just because he realized too late that the lady stole our money doesn't mean the park is too expensive. You just have to know exactly what you want and exactly how much you are going to owe when you go up to pay. The rest of the staff there though is really friendly and helpful. They really stress safety too. They'll kick you out for the day if they catch you not wearing your goggles in the goggle zones. The food is pretty basic just hotdogs and bags of chips but they also have pop machines with pop cans for 50 cents and gatorade for $1. It's also not that hard to sneak in your own paint. You just hide some paint that is the same color of the field paint in your pods and they'll never know. ;>) My friend and I have done it before. They don't check your paint they just look to see if it's a different color when you shoot it. The best thing they could do to improve is just fire the older lady who tries to rip everybody off.
Edit: The staff here is just really hit or miss. I had a guy who only filled my tank halfway then tried to say that it was because that's all he could fill it. The next time I got my tank filled a different guy filled it all the way. Then I was having problems with my ASA due to the cold, so I asked a couple of the refs to take a look at it. The one guy said, "It's probably the tank. I just use CO2 guns. I don't know much about PSI guns." Seriously? The idiot had no clue what he was talking about. The other guys response was, "We don't sell macro hoses here." It was the freaking o-rings in the ASA. They had shrunk b/c of the cold & weren't making a complete seal anymore.
Some of the staff are also just plain rude. My mom had given my brother & me coupons for "FREE ADMISSION" for Christmas. Turns out that they are only good for rental & only give you 100 paintballs (packed in freaking sandwich bags). The front of the coupons also make it seem as if they can be used as $37 worth of credit towards one of the packages. Instead of explaining this, the guy at admissions yelled at me & said the card only does what it says it does. This was after I had simply asked him why the coupons couldn't be used for credit since they say "$37 max value/player" on them. I am pretty sure that whoever sold the coupons to my mom tricked her into thinking they were some great deal for us which really makes me angry.
Open play here is also not really suitable for more experienced players. The refs made 2 giant groups of everyone who wasn't in a private group & took each group to different fields. Most of the people were very young (who have a tendency to shoot their own teammates... a lot) and/or had never played before. It was basically mob against mob, which is not exactly how I like to play. I like some teamwork. But they didn't split us up into any smaller groups. There were a bunch of fields open, but they insisted on having us play on fields meant for at most 15v15.
It wasn't an awful day of play & prices aren't too awful, but all of the above left a pretty sour taste in my mouth. As simple & unregulated as Fran Bar is, I've never left there feeling frustrated.
-Lose the air tickets & do all day air fills
-Educate the refs
-Make sure everyone filling the tanks is actually certified to do so
-Lose the freaking bad attitude
-Split up the groups in a more logical manner
-Don't try to swindle people out of their money
They're paint is awful as well. The stuff we were shooting today had tons of dimples & some of them were really deep. I was hooking left & right all the time.
As a final thought, I think it's funny that they use the reasoning that people in the past have shot frozen paintballs or marbles out of their guns & that's why you have to buy their paint. I've heard both & varying versions of their little story about refs getting injured or people losing eyes from frozen paintballs shattering goggles. Seriously, who freezes their paintballs? & believe me I tried to see if marbles would shoot of of my 98 Custom when I was in jr. high & they're too small. They just roll out the end of the barrel.
Last edited on Saturday, March 26th, 2011 at 3:45 pm PST