The hot weather is upon us, and on steamy days our heads go to “where can I take the kids to cool off?” There’s the local public pool, but sometimes kids would rather just run around in the water somewhere other than the hose at home. And that time-honored “beat the heat” practice of opening a fire hydrant is difficult and, besides, you need permission.
Enter the public splash pad. The watery, absolutely free fun areas — a cross between a playground and a kiddie pool — have the added benefits of wearing the kids out and being easy on parents and caregivers (no worries about your kid going underwater, however, adult supervision is heavily encouraged (Most of the public pads do not have lifeguards). Most parks welcome everyone, including non-residents.
We’ve gathered a list of some of the splash pads in the Greater Hartford area. We've tried to be thorough, but most likely this list is not all-inclusive.
All open dawn to dusk daily until Labor Day.
Columbus Park, Franklin Avenue
Cronin Park, Granby Street
Forster Park, Harvard Street
George Day Park, Arbor Street
Goodwin Park, Maple Avenue
Hyland Park, New Britain Avenue
Keney Woodland Park, Greenfield Street (two splash pads)
Keney Waverly Park, Waverly Street
Lozada Park, Seyms Street
Pope Park, Park Terrace
Pope North, Russ Street
Sigourney Square, Sigourney Street
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Open daily until Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adult supervision is requested.
Beachland Park, 847 South Quaker Lane
Kennedy Park, Oakwood Avenue
Fernridge Park, Fern Street
Wolcott Park, New Britain Avenue
Open June 23 until Labor Day. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rockwell Park, Jacobs Street
Page Park, Dewitt Drive
Stocks Playground, Middle Street
Open daily until Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Chesley Park, Wildwood Street
Willow Street Park, Willow Street
Open June 23 until August. Weekends 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekdays noon to 8 p.m. Open for residents and their guests.
Memorial Park, Woodruff Street
Windsor doesn’t have splash pads, but it does have “spray features” to cool down. Weekdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekends noon to 6 p.m. Full hours until third week in August, then weekends until Labor Day
Deerfield Park, Colton Street
Gosley Pool, in Stroh Park
Open until Labor Day. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Paderewski Park, Cooke Street
Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Labor Day.
Watrous Park, Geer Street
Monday to Saturday noon to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Open until Aug. 26.
City Park on Park Avenue and Franklin Street.