Did you know that Philadelphia has over 90 water-based play spaces? They 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! 

From Memorial Day Weekend through the beginning of July, spray features will be available:

Weekdays: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Weekends: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

After July, spray features will be 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. 

Remember to bring:  

  • Sunscreen or a T-shirt (not all spraygrounds have shaded areas).
  • Sandals or water shoes. 
  • Towel and dry clothes. 

 Please wear dry clothing on dry play areas to prevent slippery conditions.


This link takes you to a list of Parks & Rec's spraygrounds, splash pads, and spray parks.