Friday, June 11, 2021

Splash pads, Spraygrounds, and Pop Jets

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 real swimming pools and they charge admission, so that's a different animal. That list can be found here.

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 Route 66, Veteran's Tribute Park, Kades, Edmundson, Sylvan Springs, Vago Park, Citygarden, Veteran's Memorial in Union, Alton Riverfront Park, 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. 

1.)Tower Grove Park (city)
2.)Mo Botanical Gardens (city) $$
3.)Zoo (city) $$ 
4.)Willmore Park (city)
5.)Berra Park (city) (just a pole)
6.)Citygarden (city)  
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.)Tiffany Park (city) (just a pole)
19.)Gateway Arch (city) 
20.)McDonald Park (City)
21.)Mathilda Welmering Park (Affton) (Just a pole)
22.)Tilles Park (Ladue)
23.)Shaw Park (Clayton)
24.)Highland Park (Richmond Heights)
25.)Sylvan Springs in JB Park (South County)
26.)Lemay Park (Lemay) (just a pole)
27.)Bohrer Park(South County) (just a pole) 
28.)Creve Coeur Park (Creve Coeur)
29.)Millennium Park (Creve Coeur)
30.)Vlasis Park (Ballwin)
31.)Ferris Park (Ballwin) (Water pump/small creek feature)
32.)Hunter Park (Crystal Lake Park) 
33.)Musick Park (Hazelwood)
34.)Edmundson Park (Edmundson by the airport)
35.)Castlepoint Park (North County)
36.)Koch Park (Florissant) 
37.)Vago Park (Maryland Heights)
38.)Eise Park (Maryland Heights)
39.)Kirkwood Park (Kirkwood) (just a pole)
40.)Avery Park (Kirkwood) (just a pole)
42.)Des Peres Park (Des Peres) (just a pole)
43.)Sugar Creek Park (Des Peres) (just a pole)
44.)Pioneer Park (Des Peres) (just a pole)
45.)Southwest Park (Webster Groves) (Water pump/small creek feature)
46.)Fogerty Park (University City)
47.)Trojan Park (Wellston)
48.)Six Flags (Eureka) $$
49.)Jaycee Park (St. Charles)
50.)Brendan's Playground in Westhoff Park (O'Fallon)
51.)O'Day Park (O'Fallon) NOT FOR TODDLERS
52.)Zachary's Playground in Hawk Ridge Park (Lake St. Louis)
53.)City Hall Park (Dardenne Prairie)
54.)Indian Camp Creek (Foristell)
55.)370 Lakeside Park (St. Peters)
56.)Laurel Park Pool (St. Peters) $$
57.)Veterans Tribute Park (Weldon Spring)
58.)Shrine of our Lady of the Snows (Belleville IL)
59.)Family Sports Park (O'Fallon IL)
60.)Swansea Kingdom (Swansea IL)
61.)Leon Corlew Park (Edwardsville IL)
62.)Glazebrook Park (Glen Carbon IL) UNDER CONSTRUCTION
63.)Splashpark (Hartford IL)
64.)Central Park (Bethalto IL)
65.)Alton Splashpad (Alton, IL)
66.)Millstadt Pool Splashpad (Millstadt, IL) Costs $2
67.)Washington Pool (Washington, MO) 
68.)Evergreen Park (St. Clair MO)
69.)Veteran's Memorial Park (Union MO)
70.)Kade's Playground (Herculaneum, MO)
71.)Route 66 Splash Pad (Sullivan MO)

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

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