Splash pads, spray pads offer free water play

Splash pads (some are called “spray pads”) are seasonal features — but our summer is a long season. Here is a list of municipal parks and other gathering places where kids can cool off while enjoying free water play.

COVID-19 update: The following splash pads have been confirmed as opened for the 2020 summer season.

CHANDLER

Spray pads operate at three city parks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May-August and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. September-October. Park splash pads are closed November-March and reopen 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in April. chandleraz.gov

  • Chuparosa Park Spray Pad features include ground spray, four spray rings and a candy cane-shaped shower. 2400 S. Dobson Road. 480-782-2750.
  • Find a buttercup, misty mountain, ground spray, three ants, a corn poppy, flutter, cross and three surf stones at Desert Breeze Park Spray Pad, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. 480-893-6652.
  • And at Espee Park kids will enjoy a water tower, candy-cane-shaped showers, spray rings and ground sprays. 450 E. Knox Road. 480-782-2727.

Chandler Fashion Center also operates a spray pad from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for children up to age 8 and/or under 42″ tall, weather permitting. Swim diapers or appropriate apparel required. Adult supervision is required at all times. 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. 480-526-9200 or shopchandlerfashioncenter.com

EL MIRAGE

Gateway Park’s newly remodeled splash pad will open June 30 and continue through October during regular park hours. 10100 N. El Mirage Road. 623-876-2977 or cityofelmirage.org

GLENDALE

Glendale Heroes Regional Park reopened for the season on May 23. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 8100 W. Bethany Home Road. 623-930-2820 or glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation

GOODYEAR

The splash pad at Goodyear Community Park opens the third Monday in April and remains open until the third Monday in October. 623-882-7525 or goodyearaz.gov

MESA

City of Mesa splash pads reopened June 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Water features are set on timers. To activate a splash pad, put the palm of your hand over the sensor on the post near the pad. 480-644-PLAY (7529) or mesaparks.com

  • Eastmark Community’s Great Park, at 5100 S. Eastmark Parkway, has a shaded splash pad.
  • Pioneer Park, at 526 E. Main St. has a 15-foot water wall and splash pad
  • Riverview Park, at 2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway, has a splash pad with multiple water features

QUEEN CREEK

Founder’s Park has a 4,000-square-foot water-play area and a variety of above-ground water features. 9am-7pm May through August, 10am-6pm September through October. 22407 S. Ellsworth Road. 480-358-3700 or queencreek.org.

SCOTTSDALE

Splash pads/spray pads at these Scottsdale parks are open sunrise to 8pm, as long as it’s hotter than 70 degrees. All features have push-button activation. Find details at scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/find-a-park.

  • Agua Linda Park
    8732 E. McDonald Drive • 480-312-7275
  • Chesnutt Park
    4565 N. Granite Reef Road • 480-312-7275
  • Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park
    8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road • 480-312-7275
  • McDowell Mountain Ranch Park
    15525 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. • 480-312-6677
  • Paiute Park
    3210 N. 66th St. • 480-312-7275
  • Pima Park
    8600 E. Thomas Road • 480-312-7275
  • Vista del Camino Park
    7700 E. Roosevelt St. • 480-312-2330

SURPRISE

Splash pads at three city parks reopened June 8. Hours are 6 a.m.-10 p.m. through October. 623-222-2000 or surpriseaz.gov.

  • Dick McComb City Park
    17894 W Westpark Blvd.
  • Marley Park (Heritage)
    15073 W. Sweetwater Ave.
  • Surprise Farms Community Park
    17894 Westpark Blvd.
  • Veramonte Park
    12741 N. 140th St.

The following splash pads remain temporarily closed:

GILBERT

The Falls at Gilbert is a 4,000-square-foot splash pad with 57 interactive water features including large splash buckets to smaller jets and sprays. Equipped with lights for evening play. gilbertaz.gov

Water Tower Park’s splash pad is located among other water features including a floating granite kugel ball and a water wall with a cantilever bench and illuminated blue-glass windows. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with some weather-based and seasonal variations. 45 W. Page Ave. 480-503-6200 or gilbertaz.gov

San Tan Village also has a splash pad. 2218 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert. 480-282-9500 or shopsantanvillage.com

PEORIA

The city’s splash pads will remain closed until the city determines it is ready for Phase II reopening. These water-play areas typically are open mid-April through mid-October. 623-773-7137 or peoriaaz.gov

  • Camino a Lago Park 21249 N. 98th Ave.
  • Pioneer Community Park, 8755 N. 83rd Ave.
  • Rio Vista Park, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road

PHOENIX

The city’s pools and splash pads are closed for the summer.

The splash pad at Desert Ridge Marketplace, located near AMC Theatres and Starbucks in The District is temporarily blocked off.

SCOTTSDALE

The splash pad at Scottsdale Quarter is closed until further notice.

TEMPE

The splash pad atTempe Marketplace near Barnes & Noble is temporarily blocked off.