Splash Pads Offer Cool Escapes from the Hot Arizona Sun

In Blog, Community News, Events, Things to Do on May 23, 2014 by Community Expert Team
Splash Pads Offer Cool Escapes from the Hot Arizona Sun

It’s getting hot outside, but Scottsdale offers plenty of options to cool off. There are several splash pads located around the city for everyone to enjoy; the best part is that they are mostly free. Younger children really love being able to use the splash pads because they are a shallow, safe option rather than a large pool.

 

A splash pad or spray pool is usually located in a public park with little or no standing water. It eliminates the need for lifeguards while still cooling off people in a very different way. It is safe for kids because there is no risk of drowning. Having been around the community for decades, families frequent these places for a day of sun and fun.

 

Typically, there are ground nozzles that spray water upwards out of the splash pad’s raindeck. Some of the parks offer different water features such as a rainbow, or a tree shaped shower. Sometimes the splash pads even have movable nozzles to allow people to spray each other.

 

In addition, the ground showers are usually controlled by motion sensors with freshly treated water. They are safe to walk on since the pads are often surfaced in textured non-slip concrete or rubber. Luckily, there are plenty of locations just a short trip around the Scottsdale area:

 

CHUPAROSA PARK
Where: 2400 S. Dobson Road, Chandler
Cost: Free.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May through August. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. September through Oct. Closed Nov. 1 for the winter.
Features: The spray pad has a candy cane-shaped shower, along with spray rings and ground spray. Info: 480-782-2750.

 

DESERT BREEZE PARK
Where: 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler.
Cost: Free.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May through August. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. September through Oct. Closed Nov. 1 for the winter.
Features: Spray animals to play on, including dolphins and an elephant, and three ground sprays. Info: 480-782-2759.

 

SANTAN VILLAGE MALL
Where: 2218 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, in the children’s play area.
Cost: Free.
Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 3 – Oct. 26. Closed every day from 2-3 p.m. for cleaning and sanitizing.
Features: Soft porous surface suitable for the youngest children, nearby children’s play area, family restrooms, shopping and restaurants. Info: 480-792-1500.

 

GOLFLAND/SUNSPLASH
Where: 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa
Cost: General admission into Sunsplash is $29.99 for those 47 inches and over, and $19.99 for those under 47 inches tall. There is a small water pad outside of Golfland that is free.
Hours: Hours vary. Bumper boats only available on weekends, race cars available after 5 p.m. Check the website for daily schedule.
Features: Mushrooms, dump buckets, water cannons and other attractions suitable for older kids as well as small children.

 

EASTMARK PARK
Where: 10100 E. Ray Road, Mesa.
Cost: Free.
Hours: Open year-round. Park hours are sunrise to 10 p.m. every day.
Features: Multi-colored lighting at night. Info: 480-625-3005.

 

BEACH PARK AT TEMPE TOWN LAKE
Where: The water-play area is near the entrance to Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado parkway, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway.
Cost: Free.
Hours: Open weekends in May from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and open daily starting May 24, Memorial Day weekend. Closed after Labor Day, Sept. 1.
Features: Tempe Splash Playground is one of the largest in the Valley. The 1-acre park features such play equipment as a waterfall, slide, dumping buckets, spray cannons, frog spray ring and more. Info: 480-350-5200.

 

ESQUER PARK
Where: 2407 E. McArthur Drive, East of the Loop 101 and north of Apache Boulevard, Tempe.
Cost: Free.
Hours: Open every day, beginning May 1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Oct. 18 for the winter.
Info: 480-350-5200.

 

HUDSON PARK
Where: 1430 S. Cedar St., Tempe.
Cost: Free.
Hours: Open every day, beginning May 1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Oct. 18 for the winter.
Info: 480-350-5201.

 

COMING SOON: FOUNDERS’ PARK
Where: 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek
Cost: Free.
Hours: To be determined.
Features: The water playground will include 4,000 square feet of splash-play area with various above-ground water features. Info: 480-358-3700.

 

This local update courtesy of your Central Scottsdale Community Expert.
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