On hot summer days it can be hard to keep your cool. But fortunately we have a number of local spray parks that can help take the edge off the heat. The spray parks are a great way to keep the kids active and cool — and best of all many of them are available for free!
Pittsburgh CitiParks Spray Parks
If you’re in or near the city there’s a neighborhood spray park for you. The city boasts 8 spray parks – at Arlington, Beechview, Burgwin, East Hills, Paulson, Shadyside, Troy Hill, Warrington. Open daily from 10am until 8pm you can cool down during the heat of the day or give your day a splashing good wrap-up. Admission: Free.
Not only that but there are also 19 playgrounds with spray features. So as you check out the city and need a quick cool down just pop into a park and get a quick spritzing misting before continuing on your explorations. Admission: Free.
North Shore Riverfront Park Water Steps
Whether you’re taking the kids out for splash-tastic trip or an office worker sneaking out for an ankle-cooling time during your lunch break, the North Shore Water Steps are the spot to grab a quick cool down when the mercury rises. Admission: Free.
Point State Park
The city’s iconic water feature in Point State Park is also for viewing only. But if you sit on the edge you can likely get away with dangling your feet in or you can at least safely chase the mist around the fountain’s perimeter as the wind blows through the 150 foot geyser. Admission: Free.
Allegheny County Spray Parks
If you’re not in or near the city then check out Allegheny County’s two spray parks – Deer Lakes (Frazer/West Deer Townships) and Round Hill (Elizabeth Township). Open daily until Labor Day from 10am to 8pm you can plan a day exploring the greater park and cool off when things heat up. Admission: Free.
Pine Township Splash Pad
If you’re North of the city you can splash over at Pine Township’s splash pad. But it requires advance reservations and the amount of time you can stay is limited; no walk-ups are allowed. Check out their website to reserve a time slot. Open daily 10am to 8pm until Labor Day. Admission: Free for residents; $3 for non-residents.
Richland Township Splash Pad
Also in the North, Richland Township Community Park has a splash pad. But unlike the other parks it has limited hours — 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm, and 5:30pm-7:30pm. Open daily until September 6. Admission: Free.
Tarentum’s Riverview Spray Park
For another great option outside the city head East to the spray park in Riverview Memorial Park in Tarentum. Open daily from 10am to 8pm. Admission: Free.
Leetsdale Splash Pad
Down the Ohio River in Leetsdale you’ll find its splash park. Open from Wednesday thru Sunday Noon until 6pm. Admission: Free.
Next time you need to cool off check out any of those great options or see what kind of splash pad your local park and playground may offer – because when it’s hawt aht you just gahtta cool dahn!This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.