Are you looking for a beat the heat FREE activity for the kids this summer? We've put together a list of Columbus' free splash pad areas you can visit without a pool pass!
Tips on what to bring: Towels, sunscreen, blankets or chairs for sitting, lots of water to drink, a change of clothes, snacks or lunch and an extra bag for trash!
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Free Splash Pads:
Veterans Park Splash Pad (1121 S. Houk Rd, Delaware): Open 10am - 8pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. This is one of our favorite spots, and is also next to an amazing playground, and walking distance to the Delaware YMCA. Seating is available, but it is first come first serve, so we recommend bringing your own chairs.
Tip- It is much easier to locate if you use the YMCA address in your GPS. Visit City of Delaware Facebook page for updates and details.
Powell Splash Pad (47 Hall St, Powell): Open 9 am to 9 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day (weather permitting). This spot is located next to a playground for lots of play options! Visit the solar picnic pavilion, which provides picnic tables and shade while supplying energy to the Municipal Building. Tables in the Solar Pavilion can be rented out for private events for an additional cost. Visit here to view the schedule and reserve tables.
Questions: call 614-885-5380 or see their website
The Ballantrae Community Fountains, (6350 Woerner Temple Rd, Dublin) : The Ballantrae Community Park, or the "Bunny Park" as many locals call it, offers a splash pad just below the statues of (you guessed it!) the giant dancing bunnies! The spray fountains are open daily, now through Labor Day, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (weather permitting)
Hilliard Station Park (3800 Veterans Memorial Dr, Hilliard: With splash fountains, outdoor café tables, an amphitheater and public restrooms, Hilliard’s Station Park is a great spot to visit for community events! Fountains are open and active every day from 8 am - 10 pm. until September 30! (Check their page, as they may close early some nights for special events)
Easton Town Center (160 Easton Town Center, Columbus): This has a nice medium-sized splash pad for playing (water spouts). Parents can sit on benches on outsides of fountain area or at the bistro tables they have set up, as well as the grassy areas surrounding the fountains. Open Monday-Saturday, 10am - 9pm, and Sundays 12pm - 6pm. There are many fun events throughout the summer - so call or visit their site for updated hours. Questions: call 614-337-2200.
Hanby Park Splash Pad (115 E Park St-Uptown Westerville): This fun spot is expected to open May 28! In addition to the spray park, there is also a playground, play tower, accessible swings, shaded swinging benches, and close parking and restrooms.
Fountainside at the Scioto Mile: This park is currently closed, but after refurbishment, is rumored to reopen for the 2022 season! Keep an eye on their site, and we will update as more information is provided!
Splash Pad at Fryer Park (3600 Discovery Dr, Grove City): This splash pad has fun, interactive water play structures including a rocket slide and a variety of whimsical spray effects with accessibility for all. Opening May 28 - Labor day, you can visit the park daily Mon-Thurs 12pm - 7:45pm, Fri 12pm - 6:45pm, Sat 12pm - 4:45pm, and Sun 11am - 4:45pm. The splash pad will close due to severe weather.
Obetz Splash Pad (4390 Lancaster Ave, Obetz): This splashpad is open daily, Memorial Day - Labor Day, for all children 12 and under (with a guardian over age 16). Children under 12 may be present in the splash pad, if they are supervising a child under 6. Please expect to bring your own seating.
Barnett Park (1184 Barnett Rd, Columbus 43227): Open noon to 7 pm beginning in June.
Blackburn Park (263 Carpenter St, Columbus 43205): Open 12 pm - 7 pm beginning in June.
Linden Center for Opportunity (1350 Briarwood Ave., Columbus, OH 43211): Open 12 pm - 7 pm beginning in June.
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