Chapman Mills Main Street Park Splash Pad

Wow, dragons.

We’ve been to 28 splash pads in Ottawa so far and this is the first dragon that we’ve seen. The new splash pad at Chapman Mills Main Street Park is worth checking out. (Not to be confused with the older and less impressive splash pad at Chapman Mills.)

  • A giant green dragon blasts a steady stream of water on the kids below. (No, the dragon doesn’t move.)
  • The dragon’s tail has 4 little streams of water for little kids
  • There’s a row of 5 single stream sprinklers from the ground
  • Two ground sprinklers send up two streams each in opposite directions.
  • One ground sprinkler shoots a jet of water straight up.
  • The start button is not obvious. Usually they’re on posts but this button is on the ground.
  • There are 3 red buckets filling up and dumping water on people.

The play structure at Chapman Mills Main Street park continues the cool dragon theme as well. There’s a red dragon digging through the mulch and the rock climbing wall is a nice touch.

We had a lot of fun playing at this park. The dragon was cool and we had fun trying to build up the nerve to stand under the dumping buckets. Our older cousin had an Ariel kite so we flew that in the field. read more

Greenbank Park Splash Park

As far as simple water parks go, I really like the splash pad at Greenbank Park. Those water sprinklers in the ground are really powerful!

  • There are 3 shower sprinklers in the ground. Two of them are really powerful.
  • There’s a simple wooden footbridge beside the splash pad
  • The start button is on the green post.

This is the second stop we made with our older cousin. The water park is right beside Greenbank, but you’d never know it from the main road.

The splash pad was fun, but I think the girls had a bigger blast playing hide-and-go seek at the nearby older wooden play structure.

The strong water pressure shoots up so high that the jet of water is visible through the trees from the road. I say it’s a two star because the water pressure is so strong. Mommy wasn’t quite sure. read more

Kilbirnie Park Splash Park

We’re back in Barrhaven today visiting splash pads with our cousin. Kilbirnie Park has a lovely splash pad – I really liked the yellow archway!

  • There’s a blue post with three buckets that dump water onto kids below.
  • There are 3 shower sprinklers from the ground
  • Two single stream sprinklers also shoot up from the ground
  • The yellow archway has several nozzles that create a wall of mist to run through.
  • The red post has the start button.
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    Glebe Memorial Park Splash Pad

    The splash pad at Glebe Memorial Park looks nice, but we’ll have to come back to play when the water is turned on.

    (We arrived just before nine during our daddy-daughter date this morning after snapping some photos of the water park at Brewer Park. That place is incredible! Two words. Water. Slide.

    Anyway, apparently Ottawa splash pads run between 9AM and 9PM, so we’ll have to come back.)

  • There are three blue flowers
  • There’s a ring of water jets in the ground.
  • There’s a nice big black button to turn everything on (after 9AM
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    Brewer Park Splash Pad

    Five stars are not enough to rate the splash pad at Brewer Park in Ottawa South.

    It’s probably closer to seven stars (out of five stars.) Five stars because there are so many water fountains and structures, six stars because it’s so big that it takes up two levels, and seven stars because there’s a water slide. Wow.

    If you haven’t been to Brewer Park, you need to go. Hanging out at this splash pad felt like we were at a destination resort. (The nice brown wooden chairs on the upper level are a nice touch.) read more

    Lincoln Heights Park Splash Pad

    Lincoln Heights Park is a nice little quiet park with big mature trees. We had a lovely picnic on our blankie on a small hill between the swings and the benches by the play structure.

    The splash pad itself is pretty weak.

    • There’s a red “fire hydrant” with four water spouts on the sides. The water pressure was pretty weak.
    • The dog enjoyed cooling down after chasing a tennis ball with her daddy.
    • It’s good for putting your feet in or washing your hands.

    Roy Duncan Park Splash Pad

    I thought today was going to be a quiet day, but apparently not.

    I like Roy Duncan Park in Westboro. It has a pretty gazebo beside a simple splash pad. Three different home day care providers swung by with their little kids to play in the water while we snacked on our blanket.

    The splash pad is basic, but enough.

    • There are four jets that come out from the ground. Two of the water jets come out of pretty purple flowers. We like purple.

    Chapman Mills Park

    The splash pad at Chapman Mills Park is okay, but after starting the day at the splash pad at South Nepean park, everything pales in comparison.

    The splash pad is a single red tower with two buttons – one controls the two nozzles on the pole and the other button controls a spray way up high on the roof. Take your pick.

    The button has to be continuously pressed for the water to come out, but its really too hard for a child under six to press, so you’d need an older child or adult to hold the button down. read more

    Teirney Park

    Although Teirney Park is listed on the City of Ottawa splash pad page at the time of writing, it seems like it’s no longer an actively maintained splash pad. (Teirney Park is currently not listed in the KML splash pad map data.)

    The splash pad is pretty simple. There are two concrete walls with whales engraved on the side and a water spray nozzle.

    You have to hold down the button to get the water to come out but it’s hard to tell because the park was broken. The one nozzle that had water leaking out only worked if you held the button in. read more

    South Nepean Park Splash Pad

    The South Nepean Park splash pad is unbelievably cool. Literally. Our friends told us that this place was always packed and it’s easy to see why.There’s so much to do for little toddlers and older kids as well.

    (The place was so busy when we went that we weren’t able to snap photos of all the coolness because we didn’t want to accidentally photograph any kids.)

    It’s almost like there’s two splash pads side-by-side. One is a circular water fountain area and the other is like a basketball court. read more