The first day of school is quickly approaching but summer isn't over yet! There are sure to be several hot days to come and those with children are probably looking for something fun to do. A great way to cool off in the summer is by playing in the water. Whether its at the beach, the pool or a sprinkler.
Northeast Ohio is home to over 65 spray parks. For those that don't know, spray parks are basically a play ground full of different types of sprinklers. They are great for children of all ages because there is typically little to no standing water. Below is a list of where you can find local spray parks in Cuyahoga and Stark counties.
Where: Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S. Woodland Rd., Beachwood, OH 4412
What: Located at the Mandel Jewish Community Center. Includes a full-sized outdoor pool and a 600-square-foot water park-style spray-ground with seven different water features.
When: Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Cost: Membership Required
Where: Cleveland Public Square, 50 Public Square, Ste. 803, Cleveland, OH 44113
What: The water fountain is a popular new feature that encompasses about 18,600 square feet. The fountain includes a child-safe mirror pond and dozens of fountains which are lit at night by in-ground lighting.
When: Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Where: Broadview Heights Splash Park, 9543 Broadview Rd., Broadview Heights, OH 44147
What: Approximately 3,000 square feet and includes many play features. Park also includes a playground, concession stand, restrooms, pavilion, and skate park.
When: Open 10am-8pm daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day (The splash park will be closed on June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, and Sept. 7 to accommodate the summer concert series, and the Splashpark will be open at 2pm on June 29.)
Where: Anthony Zielinski Park, 7620 W. Ridgewood Dr., Parma, OH 44129
When: Daily from 11am-8pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and then on weekends only in September. (The splash pad will close at 5pm on June 18, June 25, July 2, July 9, and July 16 to accommodate set-up for our summer concert series.)
FREE Spray Basins & Spraygrounds in Cleveland
What: Some playgrounds have spray basins, which are like giant water sprinklers. Other water features include pools, water slides, and water playgrounds.
When: These are turned on in the summer when the temperature reaches 80 degrees.
· Arthur Johnston Park - E. 147th & Seville Ave.
· Carol McClendon Park - Union Ave. & E. 98th St., Cleveland, OH 44104
· Charles Orr Park - Ansel Rd. & Lamont Ave.
· Crossburn Park - Sprecher Ave. (west of W. 130th)
· Dove Park - Dove Ave. & E. 102nd St., Cleveland, OH 44105
· Easton Park - E. 88th & Easton Ave.
· Emery Park - W. 130th St. & Interstate 71, Cleveland, OH 44135
· Fairview Park Sprayground - Franklin Blvd. & W. 38th St., Cleveland, OH 44113
· Gawron Park - Harvard Ave. E. & E. 136th St., Cleveland, OH 44105
· Grant Playground - Central Ave. & E. 38th St. Cleveland, OH 44115
· Grdina Park - St. Clair Ave. & E. 61st St., Cleveland, OH 44103
· Halloran Sprayground & Outdoor Pool - 3550 W. 117th St., Cleveland, OH 44111
· Herman Park - W. 60th & Herman Ave.
· Irma Park - E. 74th St. & Irma Ave., Cleveland, OH 44105
· Loew Park Spray Park- 4741 W. 32nd St., Cleveland, OH 44109
· Mercedes Cotner Park - W. 95th St. & Maywood Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102
· R.J. Taylor Park - Nottingham Rd. & Melville Rd., Cleveland, OH 44110
· Regent Park Sprayground - E. 70th & Regent Ave.
· Roberto Clemente - W. 38th St. & Seymour Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113
· Rockefeller Park - Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. & E. 105th St., Cleveland, OH 44106
· Scoutway / Moulton Park - E. 115th St. & Moulton Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
· Trent Park - Trent Ave. & W. 40th St., Cleveland, OH 44109
Where: Cain Park Splash Pad, 14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
What: Preschoolers and children under 48 inches in height are permitted to use the Cain Park Splash Pad when accompanied by a parent/guardian/adult (18 & older) with a current Recreation ID Card. Adults need to present their Recreation ID Card to staff. The Cain Park Splash Pad will be closed during the 2017 Cain Park Arts Festival, July 7-9, 2017.
When: Open June 10-August 27, 2017
Where: Turtle Park Tot Lot, 2720 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
What: New playground unit installed in the summer of 2017 for children ages 2-5. This includes a new swing set, seating and shade.
When: Open June 10-August 27, 2017
Where: Indian Hills Spray Park, 1941 Sagamore Dr., Euclid, OH 44117
When: Open Monday-Friday from 12pm-6pm.
Cost: Admission to Indian Hills Spray Park is free for all guests.
Where: Quarry Park S., South Euclid, OH 44121
What: Splash Park at Quarry Park is great for the little kids. There is no fee for parents and adults supervising children at the Splash Park.
When: Open June 2-September 3, 2018 (In September, Quarry will remain open when the weather and staffing permits); Open Monday-Friday from 10:30am-6pm, and Saturday/Sunday from noon-6pm
Cost: Daily admission: $5 per South Euclid resident, $6 per non-resident guest: $6 (Non-residents can pay $6 but must be accompanied by a resident.); a Season Pass is also available: Splash Park Family Pass (up to 4): $35 ($5 for each additional family member after the first 4 passes)
Where: Gemini Center Sprayground in Fairview Park, 21225 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park, OH 44126
What: Spray area, water features include bubblers, tippy buckets, misters and waterjets, dry playground area, concession stand, pavilion seating, and large shade umbrellas. Sprayground will not open if the temperature is below 70 degrees.
Cost: Membership required
Where: Morton Park Splash Pad, Morton Park, 22301 Morton Ave., Fairview Park, OH 44126
What: For residents only, free of charge. Please make sure to bring your ID for verification. Sprayground will not open if the temperature is below 70 degrees.
When: Open Memorial Day through Labor Day,
Cost: FREE for residents only
Where: Brainard Park, 1840 Brainard Rd., Lyndhurst, OH 44124
When: Open daily from 10am-6pm beginning May 26-September 3, 2018 (Opens at 1pm on May 26, and open from noon-5pm on Sept. 3), Beginning August 22, the park will only be open on the weekends
Cost: Season Swim Pass or Daily Admission Rates
Where: Spray Fountain at Village Green Park, Columbia Rd. & Water St., Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
What: Families with young children especially enjoy the newly renovated playground and fountain. The park also has baseball fields, volleyball, horseshoes, and picnic tables.
Where: Sprayground at Richmond Heights Community Park, 27285 Highland Rd., Richmond Heights, OH 44143
When: Open daily Monday-Saturday from 1pm-7pm and Sunday from 1pm-5pm beginning June 3-August 13, 2018
Cost: Pool Passes are available for purchase in the Recreation Department beginning in May. Day Passes are available at the gate.
Where: Thornton Park Splash Zone, 3301 Warrensville Center Rd., Shaker Heights, OH 44122
What: The pool area also includes a current channel, splash zone, two slides, diving boards, and a tot pool for children age six and under (accompanied by a supervising adult age 18 and over).
When: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
Cost: Admission rates apply
Where: Crocker Park Lake Ridge Academy Splash Pad, 25 Main St., Westlake, OH 44145
When: Open Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm & 7pm-10pm, and Sunday from 11am-4pm beginning May 28-September 3, 2018
Where: Edward "Peel" Coleman Community Center, 1400 Sherrick Rd. SE, Canton, OH
What: The spray park has two play areas and plastic playground fixtures shaped like football field uprights, a soccer ball, a baseball bat, a baseball glove, and a green circle. The park is surrounded by a fence.
When: Open daily from 12pm-8pm beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day
Where: Splashpad at Veterans Park in Plain Township, 1714 Schneider Street NE. Canton, Ohio 44721
What: Opened in 2018, the splash pad features many unique water features and is located next to the playground.
When: Open daily from 11am-7pm beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Where: Dogwood Park Pool & Sprayground, 365 Seventh St. NE, North Canton, OH 44720
What: The pool area features a spray park with dumping buckets, palm tree and spray arches for the young adventurer 8 years and under; and the main pool area consists of a 3-ft. depth walk in area that transitions to a standard 5-ft. pool with 50-yard lap lanes. There is also a twin 7-ft. side-by-side slide for the older children to enjoy. Admission rates apply.
When: Open beginning May 26, 2018 through Labor Day
Cost: Admission rates apply
Where: Oak Knoll Wading Pool, 618 6th St. SW, Massillon, OH 44647
What: Oak Knoll Pool is designed for children ages 10 and under. The park also has a playground, picnic tables, and plenty of green space.
While there is a large number of splash parks in Cuyahoga County, several other counties in Northeast Ohio, such as Ashland, Geauga, and Lake counties, are home to splash parks. The Northeast Ohio Family Fun website has a comprehensive list of all of the splash parks in the area. Click here for more information.