Walden Park Splash Pad

The splash pad at Walden Park near the Kanata Golf and Country club is quite nice. It’s in a picturesque woods and it has an incredible spider-web play structure beside the water park.

Oh, and the splash pad ain’t bad:

  • There are 2 rings that create a wall of mist to run through. You get quite wet when the water gets going.
  • There’s a giant red pole with three tubes of water dumping on people below.
  • There are three flower showers on the ground
  • There’s a row of 8 shower streams on the side.
  • The button is on the blue post off to the side.

There’s lots of shade beside the play structure, and I particularly liked the stone amphitheater effect around the water park.

The very cool spiderweb play structure is designed for older kids, but our little girl had fun climbing the first section with Daddy hovering around. There is a second climbing structure beside the spider web that our little monkey could climb and slide down by herself. read more

Brookshire Park Splash Pad

The splash pad at Brookshire Park in South Marsh is another popular and great water park. So popular that we couldn’t really get any decent shots to give you an idea of this place.

We’re coming in from the Carp Water Splash Park and we’re happy to hit another 5 star water park in Ottawa. Here’s what they have at the Brookshire Park splash pad:

  • They have a giant blue pole with 3 water spouts pouring water onto people.
  • There’s a giant orange pole with 4 little streams of water coming out from the sides
  • They have 2 of those giant circles of fun that create a wall of mist to run through. Very popular.
  • There are 3 flowers painted on the ground with showers of water that shoot up from the center.
  • There are also another 3 nozzles in the ground that sprays 7 streams of water to creating a nice showering arch of water.
  • The start button is on a red post.
  • Finally – and this is cool because we’ve never seen it before at an Ottawa splash pad – they have a red post with a glass center piece that has this cool spinning vortex of water when the water pumps through. There are also trickles of water pouring out at the bottom which makes it easy to collect water into a bucket.

There’s a play structure nearby and the gazebo doubles as a stroller parking lot. (No picnic tables under the gazebo.) Lots of families playing today so we joined in the fun before heading out to our final splash pad of the day. read more

Carp Water Splash Park

Yeah, the splash pad at Carp Water Splash Park is a five star, but is it worth the drive?

I guess it all depends on how close you live to Carp.

The Carp splash pad is quite nice. It’s the eastern most Ottawa splash pad and it’s definitely not boring with so much to do:

  • There’s a giant blue tower with 5 yellow buckets that dump water on people below.
  • They have 4 rings that create those walls of mist that are fun to run through.
  • They have 3 water canons – red, yellow, and green – that shoot water into the center, but turn off when you point them outside of the splash pad.
  • There’s a giant white flower that pours water down the petals.
  • There are at least 4 single-stream water nozzles that shoot up from the ground. (Some of the water nozzles look like they’re not working.)
  • There have 5 water nozzles in the ground that shoot up a circle of water that showers up in the air
  • The red fire hydrant has a black button that gets things going, but be careful… water sprays out from the sides

Like I said… lots to do at the splash pad in Carp and by the time we got there on a weekday morning, there were already lots of families and friends playing at the water park.

There’s a nice shelter with lots of picnic tables and a Porta-potty by the baseball diamond. (The restroom on the side of the community center is not for public use.) read more

West end fun

“Why are these parks so popular?”

“Because it’s a nice day.”

It’s true. Today is a gorgeous summer day and lots of families are out splashing around. (Great to see the splash parks being used, but it takes longer to snap photos of splash pads without getting anyone in the shots.)

We managed to visit three splash pads out in the west end: Carp Water Splash Park, Brookshire Park in South Marsh, and Walden Park near the Kanata Golf and Country Club. Wow, they have some nice splash pads.

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