Plus, tips for staying safe while splashing around.
Take a hot Texas day, add a dose of H2O and you’ll likely end up with cool summer fun. Even in the midst of a pandemic, splash pads, spraygrounds and interactive fountains can be a go-to source for free family recreation. For a safe outing, parks and recreation officials we spoke to recommend following CDC guidelines, including social distancing, wearing a mask when not in the water spray and washing your hands. If a park looks too crowded, try another location or visit again at a different time of day. Check websites for the latest information on daily schedules and season closing dates.
Anna Splash Pad
The splash pad at Slayter Creek Park offers spray tunnels and raining buckets. To start the spray, tap the sensor on the top of the blue post. 425 W. Rosamond Parkway, Anna. annatexas.gov/919/splash-pad.
The downtown Dallas park features an interactive fountain that shoots three arching sprays. On weekdays, the fountain is scheduled to run from 7 to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 11 p.m.; weekends from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. 1014 Main St. (at Griffin), Dallas. belogarden.com.
Carrollton Splash Parks
Oak Hills Splash Park at 1225 Royal Palm Lane and W.J. Thomas Splash Park at 1955 N. Perry Road both have free water playgrounds. cityofcarrollton.com.
Celebration Park (Allen)
Allen’s splash park, for children 2 to 12, has water jets, raining buckets and more. 701 Angel Parkway, Allen. cityofallen.org/1213/celebration-park.
City of Dallas Spraygrounds
There are 17 city-operated spray parks located throughout the city. Check the website for locations. dallasaquatics.org.
Colleyville Splash Pad
McPherson Park, on the site of a historic Colleyville dairy farm, has a splash pad and playground nestled among historic structures. 240 W. McDonwell School Road, Colleyville. colleyvilleparksandrec.com
Forney Splash Pad
Cool off at the splash pad at Forney Community Park. 241 S. FM548, Forney. facebook.com/forneyparksandevents.
The Fountain at Fairview Town Center
The free-to-splash-in fountain at this shopping center is for ages 12 and younger. There are no shows or fountain parties this summer, and splashers are asked to limit their visits to two hours. 329 Town Place, Fairview. fairviewtowncenter.com/fountain.
Frisco Spray Parks
There are three free water playground options in Frisco. Frisco Commons (8000 McKinney Road, Frisco) is one of the best spray parks in town, plus it’s close to the sprawling playground at Hope Park. There are also neighborhood spray parks at J.R. Newman Park (8211 Twin Falls Drive) and Shepherds Glen Park (12012 Shepherds Hill Drive). friscotexas.gov/581/spray-parks.
Galatyn Park Urban Center
The plaza features a fountain that sends up bursts of water that’ll quickly get everyone soaked. The fountain is across from the Eisemann Center, and there’s a DART station nearby. The fountain operates Monday-Friday only, from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Near 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. artsinrichardson.com/public-art/galatyn-park-fountain
You will find free spray play at Parr Park (3010 Parr Lane). The spraygrounds at Dove Waterpark and the REC of Grapevine require a fee. gograpevine.com.
Klyde Warren Park
The Children’s Park and its shallow splash pool are closed, but the interactive fountains at Hart Boulevard and the main splash pad at Moody Plaza, near the corner of Woodall Rodgers and St. Paul, are open to visitors. 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas. klydewarrenpark.org.
Main Street Garden
The park on the east end of downtown Dallas has a flowing layer of water on the bottom of its fountain, which keeps your feet nice and cool as you walk around. There are also smooth stone benches within the fountain space, so you can have a seat and cool your toes. Main Street Garden also features a mini playground, a lawn and a dog run. 1902 Main St., between St. Paul and Harwood streets, Dallas.
McKinney Splash Pads
Seven McKinney parks have free splash pads. Get the details at mckinneytexas.org/1279/splash-pads.
Prosper Splash Pad
Located in Frontier Park, the splash pad is near a playground and shaded pavilion. 1551 Frontier Parkway, Prosper. prosperparksandrec.org.
The city of Rockwall has three free spraygrounds. They’re at Harry Myers Park (815 E. Washington), the Park at Fox Chase (4475 Tubbs Drive) and the Park at Hickory Ridge (1910 Walnut Ridge Drive). To activate the water features at each location, touch the top of the white tube. playrockwall.com/spraygrounds.