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Splash Pads, Splash Parks, Pop-Jet Fountains and Zero Depth Water Play Areas
Zero depth water play areas, splash parks, spray pads and pop-jet fountains are being built all over the metro Phoenix area. With five months of summer, it's no wonder that splash playgrounds are one of the most requested amenities of the various Parks and Recreation Departments around the Valley of the Sun.
While many community pools have these types of zero-depth play areas, there is a fee to access those, even though it is usually a very small charge. The splash pads and water spray play areas mentioned on these pages are free.
Unlike a swimming pool, these wet play areas have or little or no depth to the water, making them perfect for anyone who doesn't swim but wants to enjoy some cool, wet fun. Some spray, some swirl, some dump water, some have jets that pop the water at different intervals, and some have a combination of these water feature. As an added benefit, most of them are in public parks or shopping areas, so they are free!
On the following pages you'll find information about splash parks and spray pads around town. Why not visit them all for variety?** Remember, even though there's no deep water at these splash playgrounds, you still need to supervise your children at all times and follow the park rules.
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Phoenix: City of Phoenix Spray Pads and Splash Pads
Here is a listing of spray pads and splash pads located within and operated by the City of Phoenix. There is no admission charge to enjoy these zero depth water play areas.
Altadena Park Spray Pad: 3711 E. Altadena Avenue. The nearby major cross streets are 36th Street and Cactus Road. 602-262-6696.
Civic Space Park Spray Pad: 424 N. Central Ave in Downtown Phoenix. 602-262-6412. Accessible by METRO light rail.
Edison Park Spray Pad: 901 N. 19th Street. 602-262-6412. The nearby major cross streets are 19th Street and Roosevelt.
Francisco Highland Park: 2702 E. South Mountain Avenue. The nearby major cross streets are 28th Street and South Mountain Avenue at the base of South Mountain. 602-262-6111.
Harmon Park Spray Pad: 1239 S. 5th Avenue. The nearby major cross streets are 5th Avenue and Buckeye. 602-262-6412.
Laveen Village Park Spray Pad: 3146 W. Vineyard, Phoenix. The nearby major cross streets are 31st Avenue and Baseline Road. 602-262-6111.
Mountain Vista Park Spray Pad: 13647 S. 50th Street in Ahwatukee Foothills. The nearby major cross streets are 50th Street and Ray Road.
Nuestro Park Spray Pad: Ninth Street and Pima, south of downtown Phoenix. 602-262-6111.
Pecos Park Spray Pad: 48th Street and Pecos Road in the Ahwatukee Foothills area of Phoenix. You must enter the park from 48th Street, via Chandler Boulevard. 602-262-6111.
These water play areas may be closed during certain times of the year or for maintenance. For hours of operation, call the referenced phone number.
Check the last page for information about a free splash pad at Desert Ridge Marketplace shopping mall.
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Phoenix: CityScape Fountain in Downtown Phoenix
When Downtown Phoenix developers converted what used to be Patriot's Park into a mixed use commercial development called CityScape, they included retail stores that sell clothing, food and pharmacy items, entertainment venues like Lucky Strike, restaurants and office space. To assure that there was still a place fora little urban relaxation, a central area with grass, trees and a water feature were included.
There is no admission charge to enjoy the fountain, so if you and the kids happen to be downtown at the game or having a burger and you have your swimsuits with you, it's there! Here is a map with directions to CityScape. It is also accessible by METRO Light Rail.
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Phoenix: Phoenix Zoo Sprayground and Yakulla Caverns
The Phoenix Zoo has a "sprayground" (spray pad zero depth water play area) called Leapin' Lagoon, as well as a cave with waterfall, a splash pad area and other unique (and shaded) features.
Both areas are included with your paid admission to the Phoenix Zoo. This splash playground is located near the main lake across from the Enchanted Forest. Yakulla Caverns is located across from the Crossroads snack bar. Call for information 602-273-1341.
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Enchanted Island Splash Zone
Flower showers and water mushrooms will delight children of all ages at the Splash Zone at Enchanted Island Amusement Park in Phoenix. Cool down, get drenched, soaked or splashed. Bring your swimsuit and towel; children in diapers must wear swimmer pants. It is open from mid-April through early October.
Admission to the Splash Zone is included with your purchased all-day ride wristbands. If you aren't interested in the rides, you can purchase an all-day Splash Zone pass at a reduced price. There is no charge for adults accompanied by paying children. Children under 1 year old are free. For more information visit Enchanted Island online.
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Tempe: City of Tempe Splash Parks
Tempe's outdoor water spaces are seasonal, and operate during the summer only.
UPDATE March 2017: The Tempe Splash Playground is closed while a new and improved splash pad is built, scheduled for completion for the 2018 season.
The Tempe Splash Playground is located on the south bank of Tempe Town Lake at Tempe Beach Park near the entrance to the park at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue. This playground typically operates from early May through Labor Day.
"The entrance to the playground is a metal circle of clouds that rains a light mist of water onto visitors. Thunder claps and lightning flashes. Waterfalls turn into streams and water rushes into canals. Children can enjoy running through the ocean and riding toy whales, or playing on the sandy beach. Only about two inches of water will pool in parts of the park. The water is kept flowing across the playground, where it is eventually collected, filtered, cleaned, and re-circulated in a state-of-the-art system." Call for info 480-350-5200.
The Jaycee Park splash pad is located at 817 W 5th Street (at Hardy Drive) in Tempe. This splash pad typically operates from early May through mid-October. Call for info 480-350-5200.
The Hudson Park splash pad is located south of Apache Blvd. on Cedar Street between Rural and McClintock. This splash pad typically operates from early May through mid-October. Call for info 480-350-5200.
The Esquer Park splash pad is located just east of the Loop 101 and north of Apache Blvd. This splash pad typically operates from early May through mid-October. Call for info 480-350-5200.
Check the last page for information about a free splash pad at Tempe Marketplace shopping mall.
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Glendale: City of Glendale Aquatic Playground
The splash pad in Glendale, Arizona at Heroes Regional Park is located at 83rd Avenue and Berridge Lane, judt north of Bethany Home Road. The 8,500-square-foot aquatic playground "features nearly 30 different nozzles and buckets, from cattails to ground geysers..." Call for info at 623-930-2820.
Check the last page for information about a free splash pad at Westgate Entertainment District.
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Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa: Spray Pads
Chuparosa Park Spray Pad is located at 2400 S. Dobson Rd., south of Germann Rd. in Chandler. The spray pad has one ground spray, four spray rings, and one candy cane shaped shower. Call for info 480-782-2750.
Desert Breeze Park Spray Animals are located at 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., between Rural Rd. and McClintock Dr. and between Ray Rd. & Chandler Blvd. There are 3 Dolphins, 1 elephant, and 3 ground sprays. Call for info 480-782-2750.
The Espee Park Spray Pad is located at 450 E. Knox, between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road. Call for info 480-782-2750.
In downtown Gilbert, at Water Tower Plaza you'll find a small pop-jet fountain splash play area where little kids can enjoy some good, wet fun. The address of Water Tower Plaza is 45 W. Page Avenue. That's just west of Gilbert Road. As you get into downtown Gilbert, you can see the Water Tower from every direction. Water Tower Park splash pad is normally operated 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. It turns on and off automatically. It might not operate during the coldest months of the year. You can call 480-503-6200 Monday through Thursday to check on the status of the splash area.
Check the last page for information about a free splash pad at Gilbert's San Tan Village shopping mall.
In East Mesa (near Ray Road and Ellsworth), the Eastmark community has a splash park at the Great Park, open to the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. all year long. The Eastmark Splash Pad is owned and operated by the City of Mesa Parks & Recreation Department which sets the hours of operation. The address is 5100 S Eastmark Parkway. For more information, call 480 644-2352.
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Peoria: City of Peoria Splash Parks
In Peoria, Arizona the splash playgrounds are open every day from April 15 through October 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the water is turned off October 16 through April 14. Children under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult or responsible person who is at least 13 years old. No pets, no food or drink, no foul language, no cloth diapers.
Rio Vista Splash Park is located at the Rio Vista Community Park about 1/4 mile west of the Loop 101 on Thunderbird Road.
Pioneer Community Park is located at 8755 N. 83rd Ave. The north parking area off 83rd Avenue nearer to the lake is closest to the splash playground.
Camino a Lago Park is located at 21249 N. 98th Ave. The wet play area here is a mister that people can just walk under or stand/sit under to cool off.
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Scottsdale: City of Scottsdale Splash Parks
This spray pads and splash parks are located in City of Scottsdale parks, and are operated by the City of Scottsdale. There is no admission charge.
The spray pad at Vista del Camino Park is located at 7700 E. Roosevelt. This park is located in the Indian Bend Wash complex, near Hayden Road.
The spray pad at Paiute Park is located at 3210 N. 66th street, South of Osborn Road.
Scottsdale has "spray poles" on the playgrounds at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road (Scottsdale Road, north of Lincoln), and at Agua Linda Park, 8732 E. McDonald (Pima Road and McDonald).
Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park (formerly La Mirada Park) has sprayers. It is located at 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road in north Scottsdale.
The Chesnutt Park spray pad is located at 4565 N. Granite Reef Road.
The spray pad at Pima Park can be found at 8600 E. Thomas Road.
For all questions regarding Scottsdale spray pads and splash parks, call 480-312-7275.
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Scottsdale: Scottsdale Quarter Fountain
In the center of the Scottsdale Quarter shopping area you'll find a place where kids (and grownups) can play in the cool fountain waters. The water play area is located on the ground level, in between South and North Streets, just west of 73rd place. The north and south parking lots are equidistant from the fountain. There is no admission charge to this splash fountain.
The pop-jet fountain here is surrounded by grassy areas and even lounge chairs. It is outdoors and is open every day. Please, no children in diapers. The lounge chairs are not intended to get wet, so please do not move them into the fountain area. At this writing (May 2011) there is no prohibition about bringing coolers to the fountain area.
The address of Scottsdale Quarter is:
15279 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
For more information, call Scottsdale Quarter at 480-270-8123.
Check the last page for information about a free splash pad at Kierland Commons shopping mall.
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Surprise: Surprise Spray Pad / Splash Park
The Hollyhock Community Pool includes a water spray pad with play features. The spray pad is located at 15808 N. Hollyhock Street in Surprise. There is a nominal entry fee to the facility; people who don't show proof of Surprise residency will pay a bit more. Call for information: 623-222-2530.
Surprise Community Farms has a splash pad located at 17894 Westpark Blvd.It is located on the east side of the park.
There is a small splash pad at Heritage (Marley) Park. It is located at 15073 W. Sweetwater Ave. It is free. Call for information: 623-222-2000.
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Goodyear: City of Goodyear Splash Pad
The splash pad at Goodyear Community Park is located at 3151 N. Litchfield Road in Goodyear, Arizona and is open from the third Monday in April through the third Monday in October. The hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Children under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult or responsible person who is at least 13 years old. No glass, beverages or food of any kind are permitted in within 10’ of walkways of play area. No pets allowed in play area. Periodic maintenance may cause the splash pad to be closed. Call for more information 623-932-3910.
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City of El Mirage Splash Plaza
The splash pad in El Mirage is located at Gateway Park, 10100 N. El Mirage Rd. on the far west side of the park, adjacent to the playground. This is a pop-jet fountain area with jets that pop the water at different intervals. In the daytime you'll find shaded seating here. After sunset this water features lights up with multi-colors given the water the illusion of colorful water. Call for information to 623-876-2977.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Queen Creek, Apache Junction, and Florence Splash Pads
In Queen Creek at Founder's Park the large splash pad has a variety of water features. It is located across the street from Town Hall. The address is 22407 S. Ellsworth Road (south of Ocotillo Road). Hours vary seasonally from 9 or 10 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. It is closed November through March; it usually opens in march in time for Spring Break. Call for information, 480-358-3701.
The splash pad at Padilla Park is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through the end of September. Padilla Park is located at 77 West Ruggles Street, directly behind the Silver King Marketplace in historic downtown Florence. The park is not supervised by the Town, so children under 6 years of age must be supervised by an adult at all times. Infants must wear appropriate swimwear, including swim diapers or rubber pants. Cutoffs, street shoes, pets, and anyone with an infectious condition are not permitted in the splash pad area. The splash pad may be closed at any time due to weather, maintenance of equipment, or other operational concerns. 520-868-7589.
Apache Junction's Flatiron Community Park, located at 100 N. Apache Trail, celebrated the grand opening on April 22, 2017. The park includes interactive water and play features. The splash pad is located on the southern end of the park. It has shade structures. Call for information and hours of operation, 480-983-2181.
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Shop and Eat First, Then Get Wet
Several malls, shopping destinations, and eateries around town entice people to visit by offering some wet fun for the little ones.
Tempe Marketplace, Tempe
The children's play area at Tempe Marketplace has an outdoor pop jet water fountain where the kids are invited to get wet after shopping or after a stop at Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16 for a movie. There is no charge at the wet play area and it is open during mall hours all year long. Park close to Barnes & Noble for easiest access. Call the mall for information 480-966-9338.
SanTan Village, Gilbert
The children's play area at SanTan Village has an outdoor pop jet water fountain where the kids are invited to get wet after shopping or after a stop at Harkins San Tan Village for a movie. There is no charge at the wet play area and it is open during mall hours. Park close to Dillard's for easiest access. Call for information 480-792-1500.
Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale
Fountain Park is located at Westgate Entertainment District near AMC Westgate 20. Access is convenient whether guests park on the east, west or north end (near AMC) of Westgate. The fountain is year-round and there is no charge to enjoy it. Adults must supervise their children. Food must be kept at least 10 feet away from the water area. Children should wear bathing suits. For more info call 623-772-4000.
Desert Ridge Marketplace, Phoenix
The Fountain at Desert Ridge Marketplace in north central Phoenix is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. year round. Children must be supervised by an adult and clothing/bathing suits or diaper covers are required. No pets. The fountain is located in The District near the AMC Theatre and may be accessed from the north near Paradise Bakery or the from the south near Islands Fine Burgers. Call 480-513-7586 for more info.
Kierland Commons, Scottsdale
The Plaza Water Fountain at Kierland Commons in north Scottsdale is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. except during the winter months. Children must be supervised by an adult. It is in the center of the complex, just off Main Street in Section B near Cold Stone Creamery. Call 480-348-1577 for more info.
Outlets at Anthem, Anthem
North of Phoenix off I-17 and across from the master-planned community of Anthem is a nice collection of outlet stores called Outlets at Anthem. The children's play area includes a splash pad. It is easy to find, right in the front of the central main area of the open-air mall, next to the Food Court.
The Orchard Phx
The Orchard is located at 7100 North 12th street in Phoenix, between Northern and Glendale Avenues. The two-acre property has a courtyard with multiple patios, eateries, and a marketplace. There is a free splash pad here, and large lawn for picnics. The splash pad is located in front of Splurge Ice cream and Candy Shop.
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