With the recent heat wave and area schools wrapping up the academic year, it’s clear that summer is upon us! There’s no better time to hit the nearest watering hole and cool off.
Here are the area splash pads and wading pools that are open now:
Elm Grove Village Pool & Splash Pad
13600 Juneau Blvd., Elm Grove, WI 53122
After having its inaugural season shortened due to COVID, the Elm Grove Village Pool & Splash Pad are back for more water fun in 2021. The Village of Elm Grove’s Board of Trustees voted to lift all restrictions for pool admission, and the Village Pool and Splash Pad officially opened to the public on June 5. On weekdays, only the splash pad is open from 9 – 11 a.m.
The Grove at Village Park
W244N6125 Weaver Dr., Sussex, WI 53089
The 5,200-square-foot inclusive splash pad features three different areas of play: active, family and toddler. Open through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or dusk, whichever is earlier. Other features of Village Park include an inclusive playground, multi-sport courts, and a pavilion with rentable indoor and outdoor spaces.
Hart Park Playground & Splash Pad
7300 Chestnut St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
The Splash Pad in Hart Park is adjacent to a natural-themed, all-access playground with log balance beams, climbing ropes, and an eagle’s nest. There is a park pavilion nearby for bathroom breaks and changing. You can also make an afternoon of it by exploring the surrounding park and perusing the charming downtown Wauwatosa area nearby.
Hickory Park Splash Pad
N165 W20290 Hickory Ln, Jackson, WI 53037
Photo: Facebook, @HickoryParkSplashPad
This fenced-in Splash Pad is located just outside the Jackson Community Center. It has tropical motifs with tall palm trees and the illusion of a shipwreck. It is open to the public every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Kinderberg Park Sprayground
N106W14937 Buckthorn Dr., Germantown, WI 53022
Photo: Facebook, @gtownparkrec
The colorful sprayground is located in Kinderberg Park, and it’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Lake Country Rotary Splash Pad
175 E. Park Ave, Hartland, WI 53029
Photo: Facebook, @RotarySplashPad
Located in Nixon Park, the Splash Pad is free to kids of all ages and is open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily, from May 28 through Sept. 30. The pad is surrounded by three picnic shelters that may be rented out for birthday parties and other private events.
Oak Creek Splash Pad
361 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek, WI 53154
This splash pad is part of the Drexel Town Square shopping center, which boasts a City Hall, Library, and lots of retail shops and restaurants. Open through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., this community space has pedestrian-friendly walkways. (Be forewarned – public restrooms are hard to find.)
Regner Park Rotary Splash Pad
800 N. Main St., West Bend, WI 53095
There’s something for the whole family at Regner Park in West Bend. In addition to the splash pad, there’s a swimming beach, a café with food and beverage concessions, a fish pond, playgrounds, athletic fields, a labyrinth, paved walkways and more. Wristbands must be purchased to access the beach and the splash pad (Adults $4, Youth $3, 2 and under FREE). Season passes also available. The splash pad is open from noon to 5 p.m. daily, through Labor Day.
Milwaukee County Parks
*** With the exception of Cool Waters Aquatic Park, all splash pads and wading pools in Milwaukee County parks are currently closed. ***
For the most up-to-date list of splash pads and wading pools throughout the Milwaukee County Parks, go to countyparks.com.
Carver, 911 W. Brown St., Milwaukee, WI 53205
Clarke Square, 2330 W. Vieau Pl., Milwaukee, WI 53204
Cool Waters Aquatic Park, 2028 S. 124th St., West Allis, WI 53227 (time slot reservation required)
Dineen, 6901 W. Vienna Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53216
Gordon, 2828 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53212
Lindbergh, 3629 N. 16th St., Milwaukee, WI 53206
Madison, 9800 W. Glendale Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53225
Moody, 2201 W. Auer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53206
Washington, 1859 N. 40th St., Milwaukee, WI 53208
Alcott, 3751 S. 97th St., Milwaukee, WI 53228
Algonquin, 7850 N. 51st St., Brown Deer, WI 53223
Cooper, 8701 W. Chambers St., Milwaukee, WI 53222
Greene, 4235 S. Lipton Ave., St. Francis, WI 53235
Hales Corners, 5765 S. New Berlin Rd., Hales Corners, WI 53130
Harriet Tubman, 4750 N. 48th St., Milwaukee, WI 53218
Humboldt, 3000 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
Indigenous Peoples’, 7301 W. Courtland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53218
Jacobus, 6501 Hillside Ln., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Kops Park, 3321 N. 86th St., Milwaukee, WI 53222
LaFollette, 9418 W. Washington St., West Allis, WI 53214
Lindsay, 4360 N. 87th St., Milwaukee, WI 53222
Lyons, 3301 S. 55th St., Milwaukee, WI 53219
McCarty, 8214 W. Cleveland Ave., West Allis, 53219
Mitchell, 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53204
Pulaski – Cudahy, 5400 S. Swift Ave., Cudahy, WI 53110
Rainbow, 700 S. 119th St., West Allis, WI 53214
Saveland, 3700 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee, WI 53207
Sheridan, 4800 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy, WI 53110
Sherman, 3000 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53210
Smith, 5462 N. 33rd St., Milwaukee, WI 53209
Tiefenthaler, 2501 W. Galena St., Milwaukee, WI 53205
Tippecanoe, 1411 E. Warnimont Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
Walker Square, 1031 S. 9th St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
Washington, 1859 N. 40th St., Milwaukee, WI 53208
Wedgewood, 7201 W. Wedgewood Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53220
West Milwaukee, 5000 W. Burnham St., West Milwaukee, WI 53219
Not currently open: Fiserv Forum Fountain
The Milwaukee Bucks opened an outdoor fountain, complete with LED lights and music, near the site of the old BMO Harris Bradley Center. The fountain uses recirculated, chlorinated water. It’s open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day until Labor Day. Find out more.
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