The Go-To Guide: Splash Pads and Spraygrounds

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
North Bank Park in the Scioto Mile

Editor’s note: For the most up-to-date version of this list, go to

What could be cooler than spending a hot summer day at one of Central Ohio's numerous splash pads and spraygrounds?

Cool down at one of the spots on this list, which includes some of the most popular around town. All are free and open to the public.

It's always a good idea to call ahead to make sure your preferred destination isn't closed for maintenance or water testing. Also, check the weather forecast or call ahead because most of these facilities shut down in the event of bad weather.

To suggest a location we should consider adding to our list, send an email to

Ballantrae Community Park

6350 Woerner Temple Road, Dublin; 614-410-4700;

This city of Dublin park, known for itsDancing Hares sculpture, features spray fountains built into a hill as well as a splash pad. A large, grassy area sits nearby and there are restrooms next to the parking lot. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Barnett Community Center Sprayground

1184 Barnett Road (Linwood), Columbus; 614-645-3065;

Hours: noon to 7 p.m. daily, May 26 to Aug. 19.

Bicentennial Park in the Scioto Mile

233 Civic Center Drive (Downtown); 614-645-7995;

One of Downtown's signature spots, this massive fountain is a 15,000-square-foot interactive splash pad that features 1,079 spray nozzles, 1,100 fog nozzles and a fixture that shoots water 75 feet high. There are public restrooms. Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Special events may affect operating hours. The fountain will close for the season Oct. 1.

Blackburn Community Center Sprayground

263 Carpenter St. (Olde Towne East), Columbus; 614-645-7670;

Hours: noon to 7 p.m. daily, May 26 to Aug. 19.

Easton Town Center

Use 3993 Easton Station, Columbus, for navigation purposes; 614-337-2200;

Easton's Town Square pop fountain is perfect for little splashers ages 8 and younger. The splash pad is located just south of Brio Tuscan Grille.Hours: same as Easton Town Center (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.Mondays through Thursdays,10 a.m. to 10 p.m.Fridays and Saturdays andnoon to 6 p.m. Sundays). Note that the fountain is lowered from5:30-8:30 p.m.daily, and it closes at4:30 p.m. Wednesdays for the weekly Sounds on the Town Concert Series. Free towel service is provided from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays andnoon to 4 p.m.Sundays betweenJune 2 and Aug. 26.

Fryer Park

3899 Orders Road, Grove City; 614-277-3060;

Construction was completed last year on this new splash pad, which was scheduled to open May 19. The 2,800-square-foot play area has 17 water features. Restrooms and parking are nearby in Fryer Park. The splash pad will remain open through Labor Day. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Hanby Park

1115 E. Park St., Westerville; 614-901-6545;

The renovations at this city of Westerville park include a playground with water features.The splash pad is a 1,000-square-foot eyebrow-shaped in-ground fountain with 12 jets. There is also a 24-foot custom tower structure, bench swings and a plaza, complementing the existing train depot-style shelter/restroom facility. Hours: The park had its grand opening in May and the splash pad will be open through Labor Day, dawn to dusk daily.

Hilliard's Station Park

4021 Main St., Hilliard; 614-876-5200;

This city park sits at the beginning of the 7-mile Heritage Trail in Old Hilliard, designed to evoke the site's former use as a train depot. In addition to a splash pad, the park has seating, a restroom and a lineup of summer programming. Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily until Nov. 1, weather-permitting. It closes at 3 p.m. on special event days.

Indian Mound Community Center Sprayground

3901 Parsons Ave. (South Side), Columbus; 614-645-3224;

Hours: noon to 7 p.m. daily, May 26 to Aug. 19.

North Bank Park in the Scioto Mile

311 W. Long St. (Arena District), Columbus; 614-645-3300;

This sort-of-hidden city park has an interactive spray fountain adjacent to the pavilion. Parking is available in nearby lots and metered on-street spaces. The fountain does not have published hours of operation because it is closed to the public when the pavilion is rented.

Partners Park

125 E. Sixth St., Marysville; 937-645-7350;

This park is located right in the center of Uptown Marysville. In addition to a splash pad, there is a restroom and other park amenities. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Polaris Fashion Place

Use 8781 Lyra Drive, Columbus, for navigation purposes; 614-846-1500;

The Polaris Lifestyle Center section of the shopping complex has a small fountain/splash pad near the Cheesecake Factory on the east side of the mall. The mall's KidX Club hosts a themed event at the fountain every Friday morning. Hours: same as the mall (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays).

Veterans Park

1121 S. Houk Road, Delaware; 740-203-1810;

The city of Delaware has a popular dinosaur-themed “spray and play” area at Veterans Park, with spray features and a splash pad. Additional shade features and a table with benches have been added for this year. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Village Green Park

47 Hall St., Powell; 614-885-9820;

Powell's splash pad features all manner of fountains, nozzles and other water features. The park has picnic tables, with restrooms in City Hall nearby. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day.