Cool off this summer at the interactive fountains (aka water playgrounds, aka splash parks) in Wichita. Our family has visited several of these water playgrounds over the past few summers. They’re perfect for a fun, spontaneous (and FREE) summer outing when the kids need something to do.
Most of the fountains are usually open by Memorial Day, but we’ve been waiting a few months for the answer to this question…
Are Wichita Splash Pads Open?
It was announced on June 24 that for the 2020 season, City of Wichita splash parks and water playgrounds will likely not open. We’re sad about this, but the city says the decision was made in an effort to keep people safe. It will also help them complete the Aquatics master plan renovations in time for the 2021 swim season.
However, there is some good news. Many of the splash pads in towns around Wichita are open for 2020, and we’ve called or otherwise confirmed every single one of them to find out for sure.
To make it easier for you to find a splash park that is open, we’ve moved the City-owned water playgrounds to the bottom of our list below.
Video: Water Playgrounds & Splash Parks in Wichita
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Goddard Splash Pad
108 N. Main St., Goddard KS
Open! Goddard has a pretty new splash pad and pavilion in Linear Park! Its ribbon cutting was April 19, 2018. Put this on your list of places to check out with the kids this summer. 108 N. Main St., Goddard KS 67052
Maize Splash Pad
401 Khedive, Maize KS
Open! Maize has a splash pad park! It’s between Vermillion Primary School and the Maize Rec. Center at 401 S. Khedive. There are picnic tables, benches, and awnings for some shade. The Splash Park is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the summer. If you get there and the water isn’t on, look for a button on a pole. That starts it going! 🙂
El Dorado Spray Parks
1000 N. Main & 1600 Edgemoor, El Dorado KS
Open! El Dorado has two spray parks: the North Main Spray Park at , and the Graham Spray Park at 1600 Edgemoor, which looks a bit simpler and is set next to a playground. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Haysville Splash Pad
525 Sarah Ln, Haysville, KS
Open! The splash pad in Haysville is just outside the swimming pool area. It opens in May and usually remains open until October. Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Lights go on automatically 9:15 p.m. 525 Sarah Lane in Haysville.
Valley Center Splash Pad
716 McLaughlin, Valley Center KS
Open! Valley Center has a free splash pad in McLaughlin Park, according to readers and friends who have been there. The Splash Pad opens sometime in May, on or before Memorial Day. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Augusta KS Splash Pad
2923 Ohio St. #2829, Augusta KS
Open! Hours of operation are temporarily reduced to 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., but they plan to resume normal hours later this summer. The Augusta splash pad is near Augusta City Lake and – like the nearby playground – has a fairy tale theme.
The address Google maps gives is 2923 Ohio St #2829, Augusta, KS 67010, and it looks like it would be well worth the drive from Wichita if you want to do a little summer exploring!
Splash Pads in Hutchinson, Kansas
Open! Hutchinson has three free interactive fountains.
- Fairgrounds Water Park is located near the Kansas State Fairgrounds. The water park entrance is on Severance Street between 17th and 23rd.
- Avenue A Water Park is at the corner of Washington Street and Avenue A in downtown Hutchinson.
- Rice Park Splash Pad is at 2112 N. Hendricks.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hutch also has the very fun Salt City Splash aquatic center. Not free, but cheap and quite fun!
Derby’s Madison Avenue Central Park
512 E. Madison Ave., Derby KS
Closed for repairs, but may reopen if the parts come in. Stay tuned to the park’s Facebook page for updates. Derby has a free splash pad in Madison Avenue Central Park, with shaded seating areas and an all-access playground nearby. 512 E. Madison Ave. in Derby, KS.
New Market Square Fountains
Buffalo Park Water Playground
10201 Hardtner Road (West)
Closed for 2020. The new splash pad at Buffalo Park is a lovely addition. This prairie-themed water playground has native limestone, sculptural grass-like overhead sprayers and an assortment of ground jets. A buffalo head sculpture that sprays and mists water welcomes patrons to the plaza, which has a colored concrete pattern inspired by the grass seeds of the prairie. Native grasses will surround the area. In addition to the fun water spray area, Buffalo park now also has an outdoor open shelter and picnic tables, a circular drop-off area, and restrooms.
Riverside Central Park Water Playground
720 NimsClosed for 2020. This fountain is near the free wildlife exhibit and there are picnic tables nearby too. Spray fountains are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the summer.
Old Town Plaza Spray Park
301 N. Mead
Closed for 2020. These fountains are in the center of Old Town Square in downtown Wichita. You can walk just close enough to be in the path a refreshing mist of water or – if you’re daring and you aren’t wearing expensive dress shoes – you can jump right into the middle of the spray. The Old Town fountain is open from 10 a.m. to noon daily.
Reflection Square Park Splash Fountain
205 E. DouglasClosed for 2020. This cute little bronze statue of a girl playing in a stream becomes a splash fountain when the water is turned on in the summer. Kids – or anyone, really – are welcome to play in the stream of water. (There is a fountain against the wall at the back that isn’t for playing in.) The best place I’ve found to park is along the side street or back behind Reflection Square on William Street, where there is metered parking.
Lincoln Park Water Playground
1323 S. Topeka
Closed for 2020. We haven’t been to these fountains yet, thus no picture, but they are part of Wichita Parks and Rec, so the fountains should be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Osage Splash Park
2121 W. 31st Street SouthClosed for 2020. This interactive fountain features playful creatures spouting water and colorful rings to run through. Fountains are open in the summer from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Fairmount Splash Park
Closed for 2020. 1647 N. Yale We haven’t been to these fountains yet, thus no picture, but they are part of Wichita Parks and Rec, so the fountains should be open daily from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. during the summer.
Waltzing Waters, 605 S. Wichita Street
The Fountains at Waterwalk are for visual entertainment rather than splashing in. Thursdays through Sundays throughout the summer, you can watch a 10-15 minute choreographed show at noon, 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. The shows incorporate music, lights and water in a choreographed display to different genres of music, including country, classic rock, classical and ’80s rock. The fountains are located at 605 S. Wichita Street, east of Gander Mountain.
*Also, check out the waterfalls downtown near the Keeper of the Plains and next to the Hyatt. They aren’t for playing in, but sometimes just standing near the water helps you feel cooler!
Do you know of other interactive fountains in or near Wichita?