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Splish Splash! Splash pads in Guelph


It is finally that time of year when you can take the little ones out in the sun to play and to splash. Once you have your kiddo covered in sun screen, swimming gear, hats and more it is time to find out where to go! As of June 26th the Guelph splashpads are open daily and are FREE!

Here is a list of the local splashpads: and hours:

Hanlon Creek Park – 505 Kortright RD West 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

One of the bigger splashpads with lots of room to put down blankets and have a picnic. It has a separate park that is attached to the splashpad. There are change rooms and washrooms.

Norm Jary Park – 22 Shelldale Cres 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

This splashpad is a smaller one it is right beside the Shelldale community and there are washrooms in there that can be used but I would come changed and prepared.

Waverly Park – 76 Balmoral Drive 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

I am not so sure if I would call this a splashpad or a fancy fountain, but still does the trick if it is hot outside. It is also close to two parks so can keep kids entertained for a while. There are no change rooms or bath rooms near by so plan ahead.

West End Community Centre - 21 Imperial Rd South Monday to Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m..

This is another smaller splashpad and a litlte diffulcut to find. It is in behind the firehouse at the West End community centre, but once again does the trick when it is hot outside.

Market Square

The Market square water area is great for the smaller kids. It is a large wading pool with some water that sprays out. There are change rooms and bathrooms, but there is not tons of room for sitting and eating. There are a few tables and chairs but are usually being used. Sometimes parking can be a bit of a challenge as well, but the kids seem to love it. I find since the water is being hit by the sun it is usually pretty warm but you should bring a hat for your litte one. (pictures from the City of Guelph website)

There are also a few wading pools that are located at some fun parks. Pre-warning the water is usually pretty cold and they are not very large.

  • Exhibition Park - 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Mico Valeriote Park - 12 – 4 p.m

  • Sunny Acres Park - 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m

And of course there are Free Swims sponsored by Tim Horton's starting July 1, 2015!

WECC: Fridays 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Victor Davis pool: Thursdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lyon Leisure Pool: Wednesdays & Sundays 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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