There is one faction of the local populace that isn’t bemoaning triple-digit temperatures this month. In fact, the children frequenting Arlington’s four Splash Pads are basically challenging the sun to “bring it” this summer.
Arlington Parks & Recreation Department splash pads are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Labor Day. After Labor Day, they will be open weekends only, through the end of September.
Each location includes different water features, from spraying palm trees to ground jets.
3 Free Park Splash Pad Locations
- Don Misenhimer Park Splash Pad (201 E. Lonesome Dove Trail) is a neighborhood spray ground featuring fountains and fixtures perfect for younger children, including a dolphin fountain, spraying palm tree and jets reaching upwards of ten feet. The park also features a basketball court, pavilion, two playgrounds and a practice field. This park also has public restrooms.
- Brantley Hinshaw Park Splash Pad (2121 Overbrook Drive) has a spray ground perfect for younger children. The spray ground features a spiral, spraying tunnel and arch, as well as ground jets. The park also features a basketball court, practice fields, picnic area and two playgrounds.
- California Lane Park Splash Pad (2001 California Lane) features a spray tunnel and arch, ground jets and a spinning water play station. The park also features a pavilion, practice fields, basketball courts and two playgrounds.
Beacon Recreation Center Splash Pad
The Beacon Recreation Center (1100 Mansfield Webb Road) is the city’s newest splash pad. It features a water maze and spray ground, as well as covered shelters available for rent.
Splash pad use is available for members, or visitors can enjoy access with an $8 day pass. The Beacon’s splash pad is open through October, pending weather. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The Parks and Recreation Department recently developed the Bakari Williams Protocol, which puts additional checks and balances in place for aquatics facility maintenance, and also made recommended upgrades to the aquatics facilities’ chemical testing, controllers, and secondary sanitation systems to ensure facilities are safe for public use.