All South Sound area spray grounds splash pads, fountains, and outdoor pools are now open!
It’s our annual guide- the biggest, wettest list of outdoor wading pools, spraygrounds, fountains, and water features in the South Puget Sound. For the sake of my sanity, I’ve only listed public, outdoor venues. Here they are, listed by city:
Angle Lake Park – OPEN Spray park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Spray park hours are 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. There is also a swimming area here but no lifeguards
Burien Town Square Plaza – CLOSED for 2017 The feature here is undergoing repair and will not open this summer.
Town Square Plaza Park OPEN This park opened in the summer of 2016. Our awesome readers say it’s a lot of fun, as is the playground. Note there is not shade here, so bring your own sunscreen and umbrella! 11AM-8PM *Note there is a park with a similar name in downtown Kent. This one is different.
Henry Moses Aquatic Center – OPEN You see this one from the freeway. It has waterslides, water features, toddler play area, and more. Admission is pricey if you’re not a resident, and they do limit capacity. You could arrive and find it closed to further entry, so my suggestion is to go early on a warm day and have a back-up plan. Gene Coulon Park would be my suggestion-swimming beach and lots of ammenities.
Town Square Plaza – Open Spheres that shoot water; open as long as it’s working! 10AM-9 when operating-These are prone to maintenance issues, so go with a back up plan.
Les Gove Park – OPEN The rotary sprayground by the Discovery Playground is open from 10-8 daily through September 5th. A few readers asked about concerns with the playground. Auburn staff tells us it’s in good shape with the exception of one piece of equipment which has parts on order!
Mud Mountain Dam and Park OPEN– This is a wading pool with sort of a sprinkler/fountain overhead. There are also nature trails and a viewing platform with nice, short hikes. Last year there were some bugs/bees by the pool, but one of our Facebook readers just went and found it on with no buzzy things! Yay!
Pioneer Park – Currently OPEN. 10am-8pm, daily. This is in Pioneer Park by the library, right downtown. You can park at the surface lot behind City Hall or on the bottom floor of the building-it’s the one with the Subway and Elements Froyo. It will be open daily until Labor Day.
Metro Parks Tacoma –OPEN All ten spray grounds are open from 10AM-8PM daily through Labor Day.
Kandle Park (Note this is the small splashpad outside the pool. The pool and its adjacent water feature will open June 17.)
Norpoint Park – 4818 Nassau Ave. N.E.
SERA Campus (near STAR Center) – 3873 S. 66th St.
Titlow Park – 8425 6th Ave.
Wright Park – 501 South I St.
Verlo Playfield – 4321 McKinley Ave.
Point Ruston OPEN There is now a sprayground on Ruston Way at Point Ruston. It’s south of the theatre and a great place to hang out with an amazing view of the Sound. There is also a really cool playground nearby.
Fircrest – OPEN There is a wading pool next to the outdoor pool. Both have hours open to non residents.
Pt Defiance Zoo OPEN-There is a small lily pad splash pad in the kids’ zone at the Pt. Defiance Zoo. It’s open right now on good-weather afternoons. It will be open every day for the summer beginning in mid-June. There is also a changing tent. I’d go to this after you do the rest of the zoo.
OPEN There is a new, interactive water feature at the renovated Skansie Brothers Park on the waterfront. You can see some more pics and reader tips on our Facebook page.
It’s open dawn to dusk. Note that it will likely close during scheduled events. Update: Fb fan, Emily, let us know that this has been off more than it’s been on-sounds like maintenance issues. You may want to choose a park instead. We’re big fans of Kopachuck State Park or Narrows Beach if you want beach play. Sehmel has one of the best playgrounds anywhere. The Crescent Creek one is nice for toddlers.
Heritage Park Fountain – Currently OPEN. This fountain has a water jet style, and kids can run through them and splash in the water. It is on and OPEN all year round. It is closed for two periods a day for draining and on Wednesdays for maintenance.
Summer Hours (June-Sept)
Thursday – Tuesday 9:00am – 12:00pm
1:30pm – 5:00pm
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Winter Hours (Oct-May)
Thursday – Tuesday 11:00am – 7:00pm
East Bay Public Plaza – Currently OPEN. The East Bay Plaza stream runs between the LOTT Wet Center and the Children’s Museum. Kids can play in it, and there are periodic special activities here. Check the East Bay Public Plaza Facebook page before you go, as there are sometimes unexpected OFF periods for maintenance.
Tanglewilde Pool is also OPEN. This is a seasonal, privately funded pool, but it is open to the public.
Harborside Fountain Park – Open! Good news, Bremerton! Your fountains have been fixed and are back in business.
The South Sound is also blessed with many parks where you can take a dip in a lake or the chilly Puget Sound. If you’ve got a favorite place to keep cool, leave a comment and let us in on it! If you know a spot for water play I missed, let me know! *Keep in mind that despite our warm weather right now, lakes, rivers, and the Sound will be Very cold and rivers may also be running swiftly. And, of course, you should designate one adult to have eyes on children in the water. I know…..you knew that….
For indoor swimming fun, check with your local high school or parks department. Or, try an indoor pool with water park style features! You can click on the link below for our favorites!