SPLISH SPLASH PAD TIME
Well we did our round up of the top parks in Guelph so it would only be fair now to share where the water is at.
Once you have your kiddo covered in sun screen, swimming gear, hats and more it is time to find out where to go to splash the day away!
As of June 29th the Guelph splashpads are open daily and are FREE!
Here is a list of the local splashpads: and hours:
Southend Splash pad Dragonfly Park - 25 Poppy Dr W 10am -7pm
This is the newest splash pad in town like is just opening right now! There seems to be lots of space to this splash pad and a number of area where water is shot out of. It is also one of my favourite parks and you can go back and forth to both. There is a nice change room and bathroom area.
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. (picture from Guelph.ca)
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.
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 little one. (pictures from the Attractions Canada)
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
Lyon Leisure Pool. Lyon Park. 258 York Road
I believe there is a small fee but this is a chance to swim in a beautiful outdoor pool in summertime.
Open weekends starting June 11, 2016
Open daily June 29 to September 5, 2016
10 a.m. – noon, 1 – 4 p.m., 5 – 8 p.m.
If you do not mind the drive to Rockwood, they have an amazing splash pad
Rockwood Splash pad - Rockmosa Park 74 Christie St, Guelph/Eramosa 9:30-7:30pm
What I love about this splash pad as there is lots of areas that shoot out water and then the water stops and the kids have to press a button to start it again (they just love that). It is attached to a park and the park has nice spongy ground for wet, bare feet. There is area with tables and shelters to hide from the heat and the library is close by if you want to get in for a little break as well.