When temperatures heat up this summer, Parks & Rec has a place for you to keep cool!

Philadelphia has over 90 water-based play spaces. These go by different names including spraygrounds, splash pads, and spray parks.

Some Parks & Rec sites are home to a single sprinkler, spray jet, or mister. Other sites have water play areas called splash pads or spraygrounds. They’re all a safe way for city residents to cool down for free!

Parks & Rec’s spraygrounds are turned on from Memorial Day to Labor Day, seven days a week.

Spray features are available:

  • Weekdays: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Weekends: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There may be exceptions for bad weather.

Did you know?

Parks & Rec’s water-based play spaces are a great alternative to swimming pools.

Our sprayground, splash pads, and other water features:

1) Provide a refreshing option for all.
  • Many spray features are accessible to those of all abilities.
  • They’re a safe and free resource.
  • They unite neighborhoods.
  • They’re great destinations for those who don’t know how to swim.

2) Encourage interactive play.

  • Splash pads bring together families, neighbors, and folks of all ages and abilities.
  • They allow children to interact with others and make new friends.

3) Foster physical activity.

  • Splash pads encourage movement. Children exercise while staying cool.
  • Children run from one feature to the next. They splash each other and make up games.
  • Outdoor, active, and interactive play is good for everyone. It boosts mental and physical health.

Use our map-based Finder app to locate a sprayground, splash pad, or water feature near you!