Thursday, November 12, 2015

Splash pads, Spraygrounds, and Pop Jets Let's Go!

Splash pads are so much fun! During the hot summer months we spend a lot of time at them. Who doesn't love that they're free??? To be clear, I'm talking about the free splash pads that are on or near public playgrounds. I realize that some pools have splash pad features and pop jets and sprayers, but those are pools and they charge admission, so those will be found under the swimming pool post or you can search by the label "swimming".

The note "just a pole" means exactly that- it's just a pole that shoots out water. Better than nothing but not exactly exciting stuff...

If I had to rank the best splash pads in the area I would say O'Day Park in O'Fallon, Veteran's Tribute Park, Kades, Edmundson, Sylvan Springs, Vago Park, Citygarden, Veteran's Memorial in Union, and Jaycee Park are my favorites because of the variety of different water features they offer.

Another option for free water play is to visit a creek.

2.)Mo Botanical Gardens (city) $$
3.)Zoo (city) $$
4.)Willmore Park (city)
5.)Berra Park (city) (just a pole)
6.)Citygarden (city)  NO RESTROOMS
7.)Fox Park (city)
8.)Minnie Wood (city) (just a pole)
10.)Benton Park (city) (just a pole)
11.)Pontiac Square (city) (just a pole)
12.)Sublette Park (city) (just a pole)
13.)Tilles Park (city) 
14.)St. Louis Place Park (city) (just a pole)
15.)Kiener Plaza (city)
16.)Strodtman Park (city) (just a pole)
17.)O'Fallon Park (city) 
18.)Mathilda Welmering Park (Affton) (Just a pole)
19.)Tilles Park (Ladue)
20.)Shaw Park (Clayton)
21.)Highland Park (Richmond Heights)
22.)Sylvan Springs in JB Park (South County)
23.)Lemay Park (Lemay) (just a pole)
24.)Bohrer Park(South County) (just a pole) 
25.)Creve Coeur Park (Creve Coeur)
26.)Millennium Park (Creve Coeur)
27.)Vlasis Park (Ballwin)
28.)Ferris Park (Ballwin) (Water pump/small creek feature)
29.)Musick Park (Hazelwood)
30.)Edmundson Park (Edmundson by the airport)
31.)Castlepoint Park (North County)
32.)Vago Park (Maryland Heights)
33.)Eise Park (Maryland Heights)
34.)Kirkwood Park (Kirkwood) (just a pole)
35.)Avery Park (Kirkwood) (just a pole)
36.)Meacham Memorial Park (Kirkwood)
37.)Des Peres Park (Des Peres) (just a pole)
38.)Sugar Creek Park (Des Peres) (just a pole)
39.)Pioneer Park (Des Peres) (just a pole)
40.)Southwest Park (Webster Groves) (Water pump/small creek feature)
41.)Trojan Park (Wellston)
42.)Six Flags (Eureka) $$
43.)Jaycee Park (St. Charles)
44.)Brendan's Playground in Westhoff Park (O'Fallon)
45.)O'Day Park (O'Fallon)
46.)Zachary's Playground in Hawk Ridge Park (Lake St. Louis)
47.)City Hall Park (Dardenne Prairie)
48.)Indian Camp Creek (Foristell)
49.)370 Lakeside Park (St. Peters)
50.)Veterans Tribute Park (Weldon Spring)
51.)Shrine of our Lady of the Snows (Belleville IL)
52.)Family Sports Park (O'Fallon IL)
53.)Swansea Kingdom (Swansea IL)
54.)Leon Corlew Park (Edwardsville IL) 
55.)Splashpark (Hartford IL)
56.)Central Park (Bethalto IL)
57.)Evergreen Park (St. Clair MO)
58.)Veteran's Memorial Park (Union MO) 
59.)Kade's Playground, (Herculaneum, MO)

Here is my map that shows all of these places plotted on a map to help you find the ones closest to you.

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