The City of Oshawa splash pads are open from June to August and are free for anyone to use! Here’s where to find them:
Legends Centre: The Legends Centre splash pad features a family spray area with dumping buckets, plus a preschool area with low jets and bubblers and it’s all fully accessible. Bathrooms can be found just inside the main entrance to the Legends Centre complex, and there’s a snack bar, too. 1661 Harmony Road North.
Easton Park: Aka”Rainbow Park”, named because of the rainbow-painted arch that serves as the piece de resistance of this pad that’s straight out of 1982. Water sprays down from the rainbow above, and bubbles up from the concrete base. There are no bathroom facilities around, but the park boasts several climbers and swing sets. Keep an eye on wandering children – there’s a stream and bridge in the north part of the park that’s not obvious from the splash pad area. Adelaide and Harmony, across from Eastdale High School.
Northview Park: The Northview Park splash pad boasts a large overhead sprinkler that’s started with the push of a button, a large, newer playground, and a swing set. Shade can be in short supply, but the air conditioned Northview Library branch is only short walk away (and there are bathrooms and a water fountain inside, too.) 1196 Ritson Road.
Rotary Park: This downtown splash pad features two cane sprays, is located very close to the childrens’ playground, and steps from the Rotary Pool. Bathrooms can be found in the pool changerooms, but you’ll need permission from City of Oshawa staff manning the admission booth before you head in. 50 Centre Street.
Lakeview Park: The cane spray at this splash pad cools off children who have been climbing, swinging and sliding around at the park’s extensive play area. Busy during hot weather, there’s plenty of shade on the grounds of Lakeview Park, plus picnic tables, a snack bar, washrooms, and, of course, the public beach. 1500 Simcoe Street South.
Which splash pad is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!