7 Halifax splash pads to cool down when the weather heats up
Spots to soak under sprinklers from Sackville to the North End
Public splash pads and sprinklers perfect for cooling off on a hot, sunny day are sprinkled around the Halifax Regional Municipality. Here is a look at seven you can turn to when the weather heats up:
Isleville Splash Pad
Close to the Hydrostone neighbourhood, the Isleville splash pad features brightly coloured arches, a fire hydrant sprinkler and a tall whale's tail that pumps water in sequenced intervals. It's next to the Isleville Street playground and is fully fenced, an added bonus for safety-conscious parents.
George Dixon Splash Pad
This small splash pad features four water sprinkler structures adjacent to the George Dixon Recreation Centre. There is also a playground at the recreation centre and indoor washroom facilities on-site.
Halifax Common Splash Pad
Canada's oldest urban park hosts a small splash pad (albeit an aging one) with two water spouts. It's across the Common from the Emera Oval and next to a large playground, skateboard park facilities and a supervised outdoor pool, which offers free swimming lessons. Washrooms and change room facilities are on-site.
Westmount School Splash Pad
Located behind the school, this splash pad includes three sprinklers, including a blue elephant that spouts water from its trunk. The park is surrounded by other recreational facilities, including an all-abilities playground, tennis court, soccer field and more. There are picnic tables on-site too.
Bishops Landing Fountain
At the south end of the Halifax waterfront boardwalk, Bishop Landing's European-inspired centre courtyard features a circular stone fountain. The fountain has 24 waterspouts which offer a great way to cool off when it's hot on the waterfront. A popular nautical-themed children's playground is just a short walk away by the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
Sackville Splash Pad
Lower Sackville boasts the largest splash pad in the municipality. The First Lake Drive facility features 21 features, including water jets, structural loops, misting geysers, tunnels and more. The splash pad recirculates the filtered and chlorinated water to be eco-friendly.
The park is located adjacent to Kinsmen Beach, a supervised municipal beach. There is also an on-site playground, as well as a picnic area and walking trails nearby.
Bedford Outdoor Pool
On the shoreline of Bedford Basin is a three-foot-deep kiddie pool features a small slide, mushroom sprinkler, and car wash sprinkler. Beside the leisure pool is a heated 25-metre, six-lane outdoor pool that offers public swims for free.
A playground, picnic area and basketball court are nearby. Also on-site is the Sugar Shack canteen, run by the Beavers swim team. Amenities include showers, locker rooms and bathroom facilities.
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