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Summer in Arizona: 100+ splash pads and community pools to keep cool around Phoenix

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Posted at 11:25 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 22:24:01-04

PHOENIX — After the 90-degree temperatures, then the triple digits are here to stay!

As any Arizonan knows, there are many ways to beat the heat: stay inside and crank the air conditioning, go to the movies, bowling or an arcade -- basically anywhere that is air-conditioned; or spend a couple of hours splashing around in the water.

There are more than 100 community pools, water parks and splash pads with water fountains, swizzle sticks and slides to keep cool and have fun.

We've mapped and listed all of the ones we could find below. Some cities have opened their pools already under preseason hours, while others do not open until May. Some pools have admission fees and season passes available. We've linked all the city websites below.

ANTHEM

Anthem's Community Center is open year-round. The water park opens May 25.

Pools

  • Anthem Community Center/Big Splash water park, 41130 N Freedom Way, Anthem, AZ 85086. More information.

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

APACHE JUNCTION

Apache Junction's pool opens May 25.

Pools

  • Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W Southern Ave, Apache Junction, AZ 85119. More information.

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

AVONDALE

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

BUCKEYE

The Buckeye Aquatic Center will open for the season in May.

Pools

CAREFREE

The splash pad runs April 1 - October 1.

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

  • KIWANIS Splash Park (in Carefree Desert Gardens), 101 Easy St., Carefree, AZ 85377. More information.

CHANDLER

The Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center is open now with limited hours. Hamilton opens for weekends on May 4. Desert Oasis and Nozomi open on May 24 while the other pools open May 25.

Pools

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

El MIRAGE

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

FOUNTAIN HILLS

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

  • Rotary Centennial Splash Park, 17040 E. El Lago Blvd., Fountain Hills AZ 85268. More information.
  • Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills AZ 85268. More information.

GILBERT

Pools open for the summer on May 25.

Pools

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

GLENDALE

Public swimming at Rose Lane and Foothills aquatics center begins on June 2. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix is open on weekends in March, April and May. On May 18, the parks opens every day.

Pools

Splash Pads

  • Heroes Park, 83rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road, Glendale, Arizona 85303. More information.
  • Fountain Park at Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, AZ 85305.

Water parks

  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix (formerly Wet ‘n’ Wild), 4243 W Pinnacle Peak Rd., Glendale, AZ 85310. More information.

GOODYEAR

Open swim at Goodyear Community Pool starts on May 25.

Pools

  • Goodyear Community Pool, 430 E Loma Linda Blvd., Goodyear, AZ 85338. More information.

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

  • Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85395. More information.

LITCHFIELD PARK

Pools

  • Litchfield Park Recreation Center, 100 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. More information.

MESA

The City of Mesa's pools open on May 25.

Pools

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

Water park

PEORIA

Sunrise is open for swimming lessons only. All three pools will open for swimming in May.

Pools

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

PHOENIX

The City of Phoenix's pools open May 27 (Memorial Day) and remain open through July. From August to Sept. 2 (Labor Day), 11 pools remain open on weekends.

Pools

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

QUEEN CREEK

The splash pads are open from March - October.

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

  • Splash Pad at Mansel Carter Oasis Park, 19535 E. Appleby Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142. More information.
  • Founders’ Park, 22407 S Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142. More information.

SCOTTSDALE

Public swimming hours begin in May. However, Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain have lap swim and classes year-round.

Pools

  • Cactus Aquatic & Fitness Center, 7202 E. Cactus Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260. More information.
  • Chaparral Aquatic Center, 5401 N. Hayden Road Scottsdale, AZ 85250. More information.
  • Eldorado Aquatic & Fitness Center, 2301 N. Miller Road Scottsdale, AZ 85257. More information.
  • McDowell Mountain Ranch Park, 15525 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85260. More information.
  • Splash Pads/Spray Pads
  • Aqua Linda Park (spray poles), 8732 E. McDonald Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. More information.
  • Chesnutt Park, 4565 N. Granite Reef Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251. More information.
  • Paiute Park, 3210 N. 66th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85257. More information.
  • Vista del Camino Park, 7700 E. Roosevelt St. Scottsdale, AZ 85257. More information.
  • Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park, 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road Scottsdale, AZ 85255. More information.
  • The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. More information.

SURPRISE

Open swim at Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool begins May 25.

Pools

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

TEMPE

Tempe's pools opened on April 1. Big Surf water park opens on May 4.

Pools

Splash Pads/Spray Pads

  • “The Cloud” Splash Pad (Kiwanis Park), 5233 S. Ash Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85283 . More information.
  • Esquer Park Splash Pad, 2407 E. McArthur Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281. More information.
  • Hudson Park Splash Pad, 1430 S. Cedar St., Tempe, AZ 85281. More information.
  • Jaycee Park Splash Pad, 817 W. 5th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281. More information.
  • Tempe Marketplace (near Barnes & Noble), 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281. More information.

Water parks

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