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Splash! South Sound Spray Park Guide

Beat the summer heat at one of these awesome South Sound water-play spots

Published on: May 24, 2017

Norpoint Park | Courtesy Metro Parks Tacoma

On a hot — or even just lukewarm — spring or summer day, there's one thing that's sure to please nearly everyone: playing in the water. And that's what free spray parks are all about. For spray park splashing in the South Sound, here's our guide. Try them all and let us know if we missed your favorite!

Warm weather has prompted early opening of six of Metro Parks' spraygrounds. Spraygrounds at Kandle Park, Norpoint Park, the SERA Campus, Titlow Park, Wright Park and Verlo Playfield are now open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Check the complete list of Metro Parks Tacoma's spray parks; those that haven't yet opened for daily play will be open Saturday, May 27 and daily thereafter through Sept. 4.

Closer to Seattle or heading on a day trip? Don't miss our guide to spray parks in the Seattle area.

Puyallup

The Kiwanis Kids Spray Park is one of the South Sound's newer spray parks, and Puyallup's first, replacing the wading pool that used to be in Pioneer Park.  It's now open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., through Sept. 4. 324 S Meridian, Puyallup.

Tacoma

Courtesy Point Ruston
Courtesy Point Ruston

On Tacoma's newly revitalized Ruston Way waterfront, Point Ruston boasts a ferry-boat themed playground and a sprayground. Open from noon–10 p.m., the sprayground is nature-inspired and super popular. (Find more to do on Ruston Way here.)

Norpoint Park features landscaped rain gardens, eco-turf and a playground plus sprayground. The sprayground is currently open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 4818 Nassau Ave. N.E., Tacoma 
(Note: According to Metro Parks' website, the outdoor restrooms at Norpoint are currently closed due to a maintenance issue.)

If you visit Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in the summer, bring a change of clothes and water shoes so the kids can splash in the Kids’ Zone Lilypad Fountain. 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

The spray park at Wright Park in northeast Tacoma boasts an updated playground and an almost one-mile trail. Explore the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory while you're there. Sprayground now open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 501 South I St., Tacoma

Wright Park | Courtesy Metro Parks Tacoma

Jefferson Park spans over 15 acres and has a recently renovated spray park and playground, plus athletic fields. The park's sprayground is set to be open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., as of Saturday, May 27. 801 N. Mason Ave., Tacoma

Have a picnic after the kids work up an appetite splashing in the sprayground at Verlo Playfield. Note, some still know this playfield by its former name, McKinley playfied. The sprayground is currently open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 4321 McKinley Ave., Tacoma

The trees at forested South Park provide plenty of shade when you need a break from splashing or strolling the gardens. The park's sprayground is set to be open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., as of Saturday, May 27. 4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma

The Skip & Laura Vaughn playground and sprayground at Wapato Hills Park is adjacent to a preserved open nature space. The sprayground is set to be open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., as of Saturday, May 27. 6231 S. Wapato St., Tacoma

Titlow Park has a recently added sprayground and updated playground, part of a 75-acre waterfront signature park with a lagoon and the historic Titlow Lodge. The sprayground now open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 8425 6th Ave., Tacoma

Franklin Park has a newer sprayground, walking trails and expanded community garden. The sprayground is set to be open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., as of Saturday, May 27. 1201 S. Puget Sound Ave., Tacoma

Kandle Park has a new mini-sprayground, spray toys, and a separate spraypool. Kandle's sprayground now open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 2323 N. Shirley St., Tacoma

The SERA Campus sprayground, the newest and largest spray park in Tacoma, opened in 2014. This spprayground now open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Near STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma

Olympia

The unique reclaimed-water stream on the East Bay Public Plaza in front of Hands On Children's Museum has water to spare, stepping stones to climb on and much more. Check the website for occasional closures before heading out to avoid disappointment. 325 Marine Drive N.E., Olympia.

Reclaimed stream at Hands On | Credit: Elisa Murray

Olympia’s Heritage Park fountain is a favorite for wading and splashing. The fountain is scheduled to open for summer in June and is open six days a week from 9 a.m.–noon, 1:30–5 p.m. and 6:30–9:30 p.m. The fountain is closed all day on Wednesdays plus daily from noon–1:30 p.m. and again from 5–6:30 p.m. for cleaning and maintenance. 330 5th Ave. S.W., Olympia

Auburn

The colorful water-spray features make Auburn's Les Gove Park Rotary Play Sprayground one of the most popular spray parks in the area. It's set to open Saturday, May 27 for Memorial Day weekend. Tip: Les Gove also includes the terrific, fully accesible Discovery Playground. 910 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn.

Les Gove Park | Credit: Meredith Browand

Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2013 and updated in May 2017.

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