Grand Rapids Area Splash Pads and Water Playgrounds

Splash Pads and Water Fun that Kids Love Around Grand Rapids

I love splash pads for the younger crowd. Kids can play and have so much fun but I don’t have to squeeze into my bathing suit (why does it shrink on me every year??) or worry about a toddler suddenly being terrified of water and refusing to go into a pool that mom and sister have already climbed in to. Kids can choose their level of “getting wet” at a splash pad.

And when the kids are bigger, we can all go bananas in the pool! Cuz when it’s 95 degrees and the humidity is just as high, I will do whatever it takes to squeeze into that swimsuit (I eventually bought the next size up. Gotta face the music here.) and plunge into the pool with my kids.

We’ve compiled a list of splash pads and pools around Grand Rapids to help you beat the heat this summer.

Yearning more for some sandy shores? Our West Michigan Beach Guide can show you where to go for all the lake fun you can dream of!

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Where to Find Grand Rapids Splash Pads and Water Play

South/West of Grand Rapids

  • PINEWOOD PARK1999 Wolfboro, Kentwood. Open Memorial Day – Labor Day 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
  • VETERAN’S MEMORIAL PARK355 48th St, Kentwood. Open Memorial Day – Labor Day 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
  • MILLENNIUM BEACH PARK AND SPLASH PAD($) 1415 Maynard Avenue SW, Grand Rapids. Open the weekend before Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day weekend. Beach open 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, splash pad open 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. After the 4th Sunday in August, hours are Beach: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, splash pad 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
  • LAMAR PARK2561 Porter St, Wyoming. Open June 1 through Labor Day 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
  • ORIOLE PARK. 1380 42nd St SW, Wyoming. Open June 1 through Labor Day. Open 8:00 AM – 10:45 PM Monday – Saturday & 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Sunday (hours given are for the park, splash pad hours may vary).
  • SOUTHLAWN PARK. 4125 Jefferson Ave SE, Wyoming. Open June 1 through Labor Day. Open 8:00 AM – 10:45 PM Monday – Saturday & 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Sunday (hours given are for the park, splash pad hours may vary).
  • KROC CENTER POOL & PLAYGROUND. ($) 2500 S. Division Ave Grand Rapids. Outdoor Splashpad open May 30 through Labor Day weekend during Open Swim hours. Open Swim Times vary daily, please visit the website for accurate times.

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The Kroc Center pool includes a large water slide, water basketball area, lazy river, splash pad, and toddler play area. View open swim times at GrKrocCenter.org.

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North/East of Grand Rapids

  • FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS($) 1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. Great Lakes water play area and small wading fountain. Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday & Wednesday – Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Tuesday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
  • LESLIE E. TASSELL PARK INTERACTIVE FOUNTAIN. 2900 Thornapple River Dr. SE Grand Rapids. Open 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM (hours given are for the park, splash pad hours may vary).

City of Grand Rapids

Splash Pads and Water Playgrounds

The City of Grand Rapids also has water playgrounds and wading pools at various parks. According to the Parks and Rec Department of Grand Rapids the pools and splash pads will open June 9.

Open 10:00 AM- 9:00 PM daily.

  • JOE TAYLOR PARK. 1030 Bemis SE
  • ALGER PARK SCHOOL. 921 Alger SE
  • HEARTSIDE PARK. 69 Ionia SE
  • MARY WATERS PARK. 1042 Lafayette NE
  • GERALD R. FORD MIDDLE SCHOOL. 851 Madison SE
  • CHERRY PARK – 725 Cherry Street SE
  • FULLER PARK – 300 Fuller Avenue NE
  • HIGHLAND PARK – 523 Grand Avenue NE
  • LINCOLN PARK – 231 Marion Avenue NW
  • MULICK PARK1632 Sylvan Avenue SE
  • ROOSEVELT PARK – 739 Van Raalte Drive SW
  • WILCOX PARK – 100 Youell Avenue SE
  • CAMPAU PARK50 Antoine Street SW

City of Grand Rapids Pools

  • Briggs Park (Lafayette and Knapp NE)
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 12:30-7:30 PM
    • Thursday, 12:30-5:00 PM
    • Saturday, 1:00-7:00 PM
    • Sunday, 1:00-5:00 PM
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (Fuller and Franklin SE)
    • Monday, 12:30-5:00 PM
    • Tue-Fri, 12:30-7:30 PM
    • Saturday, 1:00-7:00
    • Sunday, 1:00-5:00
  • Richmond Park (Richmond and Tamarack NW)
    • 12;30-5:00 PM
    • Tues-Fri, 12:30-7:30 PM
    • Saturday, 1:00-7:00 PM
    • Sunday, 1:00-5:00 PM

Ottawa County Splash Pads and Pools

Reader Comment: The one here in Allendale is pretty small, but perfect for a low-key day. It is located in the Allendale Township Park (corner of Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) and 68th), and there is playground equipment as well. There are NOT a lot of picnic tables, but if you bring a blanket, there’s plenty of grass. It was finished Summer of 2012, so it’s in pretty good shape! I believe [in 2013] the water came on about 10 am.

Reader Comment: The Maplewood Splashpad is open from 11 AM-8 PM. It is really nice and has a nice playground, too. There is a limited number of shaded tables, but there is space in the grass for umbrellas if you bring your own. Also worth noting, there is one of the huge cell phone towers right in the lot to the park. There are some strong arguments that argue being in close proximity to them isn’t safe and arguments that it is fine…either way, just nice to know it’s there if that’s something you don’t want your kiddos (and yourself) around.

Barry County Splash Pads and Pools

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64 Comments

  1. Kellie February 25, 2017 at 7:40 am - Reply

    As of summer 2016 downtown Holland splash pad is closed

  2. Amanda kolk September 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Are the splash pads closed now? Im at Gerald r Ford school and the water is off!

  3. Laura July 9, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Aberdeen park’s splash pad is closed for the summer of 2016 🙁 they’re working on a new water filtration system.

  4. Betsy June 18, 2016 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Is Aberdeen Park’s splash pad opening for 2016? I haven’t been able to find any information online regarding it, and everytime we’ve driven by the water hasn’t been on.

    • Betsy B
      Betsy B June 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Betsy M.,
      I’m sorry, we were unable to locate information regarding the Aberdeen Park’s splash pad. If you find information regarding the splash pad, please let us know! Thanks!
      -Betsy B.

    • Bonnie E June 23, 2016 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      It should have started the same day city pools opened-June 10.

  5. Elizabeth M June 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Hastings has a small one right by the movie theater. There is also a small performance stage there that hosts family entertainment in the summer – not to mention the new amphitheater three blocks over. Bound to be lots of art and musical fun in Hastings this year!

  6. Tasha June 13, 2016 at 7:46 am - Reply

    There’s the splash pad in Zeeland as well

  7. Kathy May 18, 2016 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Rosewood Park, formally known as Charlie’s dump, in Jenison, has a brand-new splash pad opening this year. A new playground for toddlers as well too!

    • Sarah June 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      Do you know when the splashpad will be open? It’s not listed on the website yet.

      • Tena June 13, 2016 at 7:01 am - Reply

        It’s open 🙂

  8. Brittany June 20, 2015 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Does anyone know if you can reserve tables at the Allendale Splash pad for a birthday party?

    • Jayme June 13, 2016 at 6:38 am - Reply

      Yes you can! Had my sons first birthday there. Stop in at the township office. I think it cost a little money. I can’t remember.

  9. Christine June 10, 2015 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Does any one know if mulick parks splash pad is opening this year? I went to take my kids earlier today, and the entrance gate was locked…

    • Angie June 22, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

      I called them today because it has been locked and the parks and rec department says they are closed until further notice. 🙁

  10. Danae June 6, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    there is a Splashpad in Grand Haven too! Between the band stands and I believe the ice cream shop is called Temptations.

  11. Kathy June 2, 2015 at 6:05 am - Reply

    lamar park is nice but the splash psd can be a little slippery for little ones. I would suggest water shoes for young kids at that park. Pinewood Park in Zkentwood is small but not slippery. Both parks hav nice play areas

  12. Kim Paszkowski via Facebook June 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm - Reply

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  13. Amy Barrows via Facebook June 1, 2015 at 11:49 am - Reply

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  16. Tiffany June 1, 2015 at 7:52 am - Reply

    zeeland Splash Pad in downtown Zeeland is open for the second summer

  17. Laura Ropes Smith via Facebook June 1, 2015 at 7:32 am - Reply

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  18. Ann June 16, 2014 at 8:13 am - Reply

    The City of GR Pools and Splash pads are open already (opened June 13) & will be open until September 1. your dates & times are from 2013. Here’s the updated city website:
    http://grcity.us/parks/Pages/Aquatics.aspx

  19. Willow Cramer June 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    YAY!! I was just looking at this and wondering if all these were still available!!

  20. kris June 2, 2014 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Are you updating the list for 2014?

    • Melody V
      Melody V June 3, 2014 at 9:16 am - Reply

      It’s on our schedule to Update on June 13, 2014.
      Thanks!

  21. Dan B July 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    There’s a new one in downtown Grand Haven too….

  22. Laura's Last Ditch--Vintage Kitchenwares July 10, 2013 at 7:36 am - Reply

    News from the city of GR is that the Alger Middle School splash pad is open from 11-7.

  23. Pam June 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    The Maplewood Splashpad is open from 11am-8pm. It is really nice and has a nice playground, too. There is a limited number of shaded tables, but there is space in the grass for umbrellas if you bring your own. Also worth noting, there is one of the huge cell phone towers right in the lot to the park. There are some strong arguments that argue being in close proximity to them isn’t safe and arguments that it is fine…either way, just nice to know it’s there if that’s something you don’t want your kiddos (and yourself) around.

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  26. Elizabeth May 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Do we know if this information is still up to date for 2013 summer?

  27. Shelly VanderVeen May 9, 2013 at 7:31 am - Reply

    Are any of the parks with splash pads open with water available yet?

    • Melody May 9, 2013 at 7:35 am - Reply

      It’s pretty early in the year- most open closer to June. We will let you know if we come across any that are already open.

  28. Amanda January 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    I’m looking for an outdoor pool to join this summer. Any ideas for the SE Grand Rapids area? I’m willing to drive to get to a good pool. I’m just not sure what is available. Thanks!

  29. Mark Amenta October 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I don’t know if Holland is too far from GR to list here, but there’s been a splash pad for years now right in downtown Holland on 8th Street next to the 99 East 8th Street building.

  30. Lori August 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Southlawn Park on Bellevue & Jefferson SW (near South Godwin Elementary School) also has a splashpad, playground & covered picnic shelter. There are also benches that surround the play area.

  31. Kerri July 25, 2012 at 2:58 am - Reply

    Is the Garfield Park Wading pool even functional? I have checked several times last year when they said that it was open and it was not.

  32. Jennie July 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Pinewood park in Kentwood has a new splash pad with benches around it and a covered picnic area very close. Plus there is a large playground area.

    Also, Lamar Park in Wyoming has close-by covered areas with benches near their splash pad.

  33. McKenzie July 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Kentwood activities center on 48th st (between Eastern and Division) has a large park, volleyball/ sandpit and a splash pad! I see the city was redoing the parking lot, and updating…so we were going to check it out today!

  34. Holly July 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    There is also a splash pad in Allendale at the park behind the fire station (on Lake MI dr and 68th) as well as one in downtown Holland, right next to the shopping district. Sorry I don’t know the name of the street for the one in Holland.

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  36. Tamara Abboud June 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks Lindsay and Georgine!! We will check it out! I always like to check out new places, but with the pregnancy I want to be more cautious of where I can go so mommy can rest a bit ;).

    • Melody V
      Melody V June 21, 2012 at 2:29 am - Reply

      So great to meet you today, Tamara! Best wishes on your pregnancy =)

  37. Georgine June 20, 2012 at 1:32 am - Reply

    yes, wilcox park is the last one on the list. never have seen it crowded

  38. Georgine June 20, 2012 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Tamara, I don’t think i see it on the list, but wilcox park wading pool is great for this. It is a GR Rec site and is near east town, st thomas school and aquinas. check to see if they will be opening this year. spots with shade and sun and playground too

  39. Tamara Abboud June 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Question … which splash park is the best for letting my active kids 2 and 4yo get wet why I put my feet up (I need to take it easy rest of June and July) … I’m 8 mos pregnant (due in July) and want a carefree environment … just splash, no pool (since it’s just me when hubby at work during day)? I have been to Meijers Gardens and I do like it, but any other ideas without all the walking? I do like going to Fallasburg Creek/park and Townsend park lots too … “natural” splash parks, teehee!

    • Lindsay W June 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      Tassell park in Cascade is basically just a flat fountain with “jumping” water (as my 3 year old says). There are benches and shady grassy areas where you can sit. It’s not very big it kept a 3, 4 and 6 year old occupied for almost 2 hours last week!

    • CJ June 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      Maplewood Park in jenison is awesome. Splash Pad in a fenced in area picnic tables and shade

  40. Ben Rousch June 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Oriole Park in Wyoming also has a splash pad, thought I haven’t personally seen it when it’s operating. http://www.wyomingmi.gov/ParksRec/p&r%20parks.asp#oriole

  41. grkids.com via Facebook June 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Yes. That is Meijer Gardens!

  42. Krystol Routley Morehouse via Facebook June 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Looks like Meijer Gardens

  43. Edee Flanders via Facebook June 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Where’s the one pictured? Thanks for the list!

    • rachel v. June 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Edee, it is at Fredrick Meijer Gardens.

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