Monday, 27 July 2015

Cruel Summer - 10 Free Splash Pad and Wading Pool Options in the GTA

There have been a number of heat warnings issued in the city of Toronto over the past few weeks and the toasty weather is going to stick around for at least a few more days. While we can retreat into the air conditioning to keep us cool in the evenings or night, summer is still summer and we want to make sure that we enjoy the great outdoors while the sun is still shining.  There is plenty of time in the winter to hibernate.

Why not slather on some sun screen and take the family to a splash pad or wading pool!  Below are 10 great free parks that feature splash pads and wading pools, organized by area.  The links will take you to more detailed reviews of each.  Splash pads in Toronto are open from 9AM-8:30PM daily until September 20th.

Jack enjoying the splash pad at Marie Curtis Playground.

Uptown

Yonge and Davisville - Neshama Playground - Innovative park and splash pad that is completely accessible.

Yonge and Eglinton - Sherwood Park - Great park with small splash pad.

Downtown Toronto

Bathurst Street South - Little Norway Playground - cool lion slide and splash pad (aka "hot mom park")

Dupont and Bathurst - Vermont Square Playground - playground features a splash pad and a sandbox with a tap to make mud pies.

Etobicoke/Mississauga

South West Toronto/ Mississauga Border - Marie Curtis Park  - Extensive Splash Pad with Muskoka Chairs for caregivers to watch and giant sun umbrellas for some shady coverage.


Central/West Toronto

Dufferin and Bloor - Dufferin Grove - Well shaded park that includes a splash pad.

Junction - Vine Avenue Playground - Basic but functional wading pool to cool off, although often busy.

Junction Triangle - Perth Square Park - Hidden Gem, with a splash pad. 


West of the City 

Mississauga/Oakville border splash pad that includes rainbows and giant sun umbrellas visit Lakefront Promenade Playground

Brampton - For a splash pad, trains and so much more visit Chinguacousy Park.

Stay Cool...