As I write this, the City of Ottawa is in another heat wave and public health has issued a heath warning, reminding people to keep cool, stay hydrated and avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors.
Staying cool while still keeping kids occupied can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, but luckily with all of the public pools, libraries and splash pads around town, keeping cool is possible. One of my daughter’s favourite ways to cool off is at a local splash pad with her friends and luckily Ottawa has many splash pads, with more being built every year!
If you’re headed to a splash pad this summer, here is a list of some of Ottawa’s best!
Brewer Park Splash Pad
Now that renovations are complete, Brewer Park splash pad has everything from tipping buckets to a water slide! Lots of shade can be found under nearby trees and there is the playground is close by too.
Citiplace Splash Pad, 285 Citiplace Drive
This splash pad includes a windmill and spraying loop and also has a covered sitting area for parents to supervise in the shade!
Centrepointe Splash Pad, 260 Centrepointe Drive.
This splash pad has a tipping bucket, a spraying loop, a bird that showers water and much more. There are some shady spots under trees and lots of room for kids to play in the grass while they dry off.
Fisher Park Splash Pad, 250 Holland Avenue
Although the park that houses this splash pad is older, the splash pad is newer and there are plenty of mature trees to give parents shade.
Lansdowne Water Plaza, 1015 Bank Street
Not a lot of bells and whistles here, but children and adults are welcome to hop in and out of the 55 gentle water jets to cool off, which is fun for all ages!
Millennium Park Splash Pad, Trim Road
This pirate themed splash pad has a gazebo to give parents some shade as they get wet under the tipping bucket or sprayed by a dragon.
Plant Splash Pad, 930 Somerset West
A spraying fire hydrant, a showering rainbow and several fountains make this splash pad a lot of fun for children of all ages!
Walden Park Splash Pad, 130 Walden Drive
Located in Kanata North, the Walden Park Splash Pad has ample parking as well as lots of areas for parents to sit along the rocks (and if you’re lucky enough you’ll get a little wet too!). There are spraying circles and tall showers to cool off kids of all ages.
Walter Baker Splash Pad, 100 Charlie Rogers Place
With a tall dome, a water cannon and fountains combined with mature trees for shade make this park a great place for parents too. This splash pad isn't overly big, but it is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
City of Ottawa splash pads are open from May until September (weather permitting). For more information on splash pad locations within the City of Ottawa, visit their website at: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/parks-and-recreation/drop-activities/splash-pads
Do you have a great splash pad to add to the list? Leave a comment and let us know!