The 2012 summer season is here and triple digits have many kids longing to make a splash.
Whether you’re looking to just get your feet wet or to get totally drenched, these Valley public pools and splash pads offer a variety of free and inexpensive ways to stay cool through the summer.
Admission to all Chandler pools is $1 for children under 17, $2.25 for adults, and $1.25 for seniors. Family discounts and summer passes available to Chandler residents. Pools are open daily May 31- July 24; some facilities remain open through Labor Day, check individual locations for dates and times. All facilities are available for private events and parties.
Arrowhead Pool 1475 W. Erie St., (480) 732-1064. Water slide, diving boards, lazy ricer, family play pool and toddler slide. Shaded ramadas available.
Desert Oasis Aquatic Center 1400 W. Summit Place, (480) 732-1061. Zero-depth entry, drop slide, 112-foot waterslide, kiddie slide and splash features, sand volleyball court and playground, and shaded ramadas and concession stand.
Folley Pool 600 E. Fairview, (480) 732-1063. Gushers and geyers, a wading pool with kiddie slide, a water playground and a diving well.
Hamilton Aquatic Center 3838 S. Arizona Ave., (480) 782-2630. Competition pool, waterslides, play pool and interactive water features, water vortex, lazy river, and ramadas.
Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center 5901 S. Hillcrest Drive, (480) 782-2635. Two waterslides, lazy river, a water vortex pool, family play pool, toddler slides, and a splash pad with interactive water features, including a 752-gallon ‘Big Blue’ bucket that dumps water on swimmers!
Nozomi Aquatic Center 250 S. Kyrene Rd., (480) 783-8261. Figure-eight waterslide, competition/lap pool, separate diving well with 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards, water play features, and shaded ramadas.
Chandler Spray Pads
For parents who enjoy taking their children for some ‘cool’ play time, check out Chandler’s three splash pads. Call (480) 792-2752 for details. Open daily 9 am -7 pm through August; September- October, 10 am- 6 pm Free.
Chuparosa Spray Pad 2400 S. Dobson Rd.
Desert Breeze Spray Pad 660 N. Desert Breeze Boulevard.
Espree Park 450 E. Knox Rd.
The Town of Gilbert’s official public swimming season for 2012 runs from May 26- August 4. Children under 17 swim for $1. Check individual facilities for times and dates; all Gilbert pools closed Sundays.
Greenfield Mucicpal Pool 35 S. Greenfield Rd, located at Greenflield Junior High School, (480) 892-2414. Zero depth kiddie pool and slide, tumble buckets, sprinklers, geyers, diving boards, and shaded ramadas.
Mesquite Aquatic Center Mesquite Junior High, 100 W. Mesquite St., (480) 503-6292. Zer-depth entry, double water slides, diving board, play mushrooms, and concession stand. Swim lessons available.
Perry Pool Perry High School, 1775 E. Queen Creek Rd, (480) 503-6227. Tumble buckets, splash pad, shaded armadas, zero-depth area, and diving boards..
Williams Field Pool Williams Field High School, 1900 S. Higley Rd, (480) 503-6226. Zero depth area, diving boards, play features, tumble buckets, splash pad and shaded ramadas.
Gilbert Spray Pads
Water Tower Park Splash Pad is located at the corner of Page Ave. and Ash St., right under the water tower in downtown Gilbert. Splash pad is open daily from 6 am-10 pm Free.
San Tan Village is a Valley favorite for shopping, dining, and entertainment, and features a water fountain and play area for kids. There is no charge and the area is open during mall hours. Located at Williams Field Rd and Loop 202.
Tempe Kiwanis Wave Pool 6111 South All-America Way, (480) 350-5201. Indoor year-round heated pool with lap lanes and zero-depth entry. The Kiwanis wave pool, open spring-summer, features double spiral waterslides, raft and tube rentals, and 3-foot waves. Birthday party packages and private rentals available. Wave pool open Saturday 12-6:30 pm; Sunday 1-5 pm.
Escalante Pool 2150 E. Orange St., (480) 350-5204. Escalante Pool is a summer season pool with six lap lanes, a zero depth entry play pool, water features, and two slides.
Tempe Splash Parks
Cool off at these community splash pads, scheduled to stay open during regular park hours, 10 am – 7 pm, through Labor Day. Nearby picnic tables and ramadas available. Call (480) 350-8625 for details. Admission is free.
Tempe Beach Splash Playground (480) 350-8625. At Tempe Town Lake: one-acre playground includes waterfalls, misters, fountains, and other water features for kids of all ages and swimming abilities. Open Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-7 pm.
Hudson Park 1430 S. Cedar St.
Jaycee Park 715 W. Fifth St.
Esquer Park Located on Cedar St., east of Loop 101 and north of Apache Boulevard.
Public swim time take place in Scottsdale every weekend throughout the summer, May 5-September 3, 2012, from 1-5 pm. Family passes available at discounted rates. Available for private parties and events.
Cactus Aquatics & Fitness Center 7202 E. Cactus Rd, (480) 312-7665. One of the premiere competitive and recreational facilities in the state, with an Olympic-size pool and three diving boards. Open year-round.
Chaparral Aquatic Center 5401 N. Hayden Rd, (480) 312-2361. Chaparral is a ‘free-form’ pool, resembling a lakefront with a zero-depth entry from the manmade beach. Features include a waterfall, rain drop, and fountain.
Eldorado Aquatic Center 2301 N. Miller Rd, (480) 312-2484. Features a diving well, lap pool, and water playground.
McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center 15525 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, (480) 312-6677. Interactive spray pad, 600-foot lazy river, and party island seating for private events.
Scottsdale Splash Pads
Scottsdale has four community parks and one shopping center with splash pads and water features for some fun in the sun. Open sunrise – 10:30 pm Call (480) 312-7275 for details. There is no charge to use these facilities.
Vista del Camino Park and Community Center 7700 E. Roosevelt St.
Agua Linda Park 8732 E. McDonald, northwest of Pima and McDonald.
Pima Park 8600 E. Thomas Rd.
Paiute Park 3210 N. 66th St.
Kierland Commons hosts a plaza water fountain where kids can cool off after a day of shopping with parents. Located at Greenway Parkway and Scottsdale Rd. Open from 10 am-9 pm.
City of Phoenix pools are open May 26-July 29, 2012. Children under 17 and seniors swim for $1; adults cost $3. Pools are open Saturday-Thursday, 1-7 pm; closed on Fridays. Classes, lessons, and season passes available. Visit the City of Phoenix website for individual facility amenities and to view a map of Phoenix pools.
Alkire 1617 W. Papago St., (602) 261-8787
Cielito 4551 N. 35th Ave., (602) 262-4752
Coronado 1717 N. 12th St., (602) 262-6709
David C. Uribe 3801 W. Cactus Rd, (602) 262-6680
Deer Valley 19400 N. 19th Ave., (602) 534-1842
Eastlake1549 E. Jefferson St., (602) 261-8729
El Prado 6428 S. 19th Ave., (602) 261-8638
Encanto 2125 N. 15th Ave., (602) 261-8732
Falcon 3420 W. Roosevelt St., (602) 262-6229
Grant 714 S. Second Ave., (602) 261-8728
Harmon1425 S. 5th Ave., (602) 261-8733
Hermoso 5749 S. 20th St., (602) 261-8731
Holiday 4530 N. 67th Ave., (602) 261-8031
Madison 1440 E. Glenrosa Ave., (602) 262-6494
Marivue 5625 W. Osborn Rd., (602) 261-8929
Maryvale 4444 N. 51st Ave., (602) 262-6685
Mountain View 1104 E. Grovers, (602) 534-1347
Paradise Valley 17648 N. 40th St., (602) 534-5161
Pecos 17010 S. 48th St., (602) 534-9255
Perry 3131 E. Windsor Ave., (602) 262-7367
Pierce 2150 N. 46th St., (602) 262-6199
Roadrunner 3502 E. Cactus Rd., (602) 262-6789
Roosevelt 6246 S. Seventh St., (602) 262-6832
Starlight 7810 W. Osborn Rd., (602) 495-2412
Sunnyslope 301 W. Dunlap Rd., (602) 262-7165
Telephone Pioneer 1946 W. Morningside Drive, (602) 495-2404
University 1102 W. Van Buren St., (602) 261-8730
Washington 6655 N. 23rd Ave., (602) 262-7198
Phoenix Spray Pads
Phoenix boasts a number of community parks with spray pads and water features. Whatever part of town you’re in, there’s sure to be a warm weather play area nearby. Free.
Altadena Park Spray Pad 3711 E. Altadena Ave.
Civic Space Park Spray Pad 424 N. Central Ave in Downtown Phoenix.
Pecos Park Spray Pad 17010 S. 48th St, in the Ahwatukee Foothills.
Edison Park Spray Pad 901 N. 19th St.
Francisco Highland Park Spray Pad 2702 E. South Mountain Ave.
Harmon Park Spray Pad 1239 S. 5th Ave.
Laveen Village Park Spray Pad 3146 W. Vineyard St.
Mountain Vista Park Spray Pad 13647 S. 50th St, in the Ahwatukee Foothills.
Splash Zone at Enchanted Island 1202 W. Encanto Boulevard (602) 254-1200. The Splash Zone features flower showers and water mushroom fountains. Open Monday- Thursday, 8:30 am -12:30 pm; Friday-Sunday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm & 5- 9:30 pm An all day Splash Zone pass is $3.
Desert Ridge Marketplace is in north Phoenix on Tatum and Loop 101. Supervised children are welcome to play among the marketplace pop-up-jet water fountains. Use of the play area is free.
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale, AZ 85308, (623) 930-4600. Lazy river, aquatic playground, waterslides, and heated year-round lap pool with diving well.
Westgate City Center is one of the Valley’s newest mega-shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Fountain Park, found at the north end of the development, is centered around an interactive fountain where families can play in the sun. Located at Glendale Ave. and Loop 101. Open 9 am-9 pm.
Glendale Aquatic Playground 83rd Ave. and Berridge Lane, (623) 930-2820. This 8,500 square-foot aquatic playground features nozzles, buckets, cattails, geysers, and plenty of other fun features guaranteed to get kids wet. Open daily, 9 am- sunset, through Labor Day.
Rio Vista Splash Park 8666 W. Thunderbird Rd., (623) 773-7137. This scenic park is located on the water, and in addition to an interactive splash pad, also features an indoor recreation center, a skate park, batting cages, and an urban fishing lake. Use of the splash pad is free, though other activities may require a fee.
Centennial Pool 14388 N. 79th Ave., (623) 773-5080.
Peoria Pool 11200 N. 83rd Ave.
Sunrise Pool 21321 N. 86th Dr.
Wherever you go to cool off, remember that children must be supervised around water at all times. Call ahead to confirm details about shade, parking, drinking water, and other amenities. Clothing or bathing suits required at all facilities.
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