Editor’s Note: We are making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information from Los Aneles County, City and the state of California. Because closures are ongoing and can occur with little notice, please contact individual parks before visiting. Websites and phone numbers are provided below. Have fun and stay safe!
Just when you thought you’d have to trek to the beach to cool off, LA county brings some relief from the heat, opening splash pads and lake beaches around town. (Note: Splash pads at state parks and park operated by the city of Los Angeles and other cities, like Santa Monica and Glendale, remain closed.) Read on for everything you need to know about the newly reopened water playgrounds and lakes, and where to go to make a splash.
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New Splash Pad Rules for LA County
- Physical distancing (6 feet apart) is required.
- Face masks are required for children over 2 years old while around the splash sad area. Face masks are not required while using the splash pad.
- Leave your buckets and water toys at home—they're not allowed.
- Only splash pad users (and supervising adults) are allowed in the splash pad area.
- Splash pad use may be limited to 30 minutes per person based on demand.
- Splash pads are open Tues.-Sat., 10a.m. - 6p.m.
City Terrace Park
Located east of DTLA, this park offers a spacious splash pad area and it's shaded too!
1126 N. Hazard Ave.
Amelia Mayberry Park
Cool off at this 14-acre park in Whittier.
13201 Meyer Rd.
Travel a bit further out to Azusa and you'll find this popular and spacious park.
5525 N. Lark Ellen Ave.
Los Robles Park
This small, undiscovered park is located in the quiet San Gabriel Valley neighborhood of Hacienda Heights.
14906 E. Los Robles Ave.
San Angelo Park
Get the details on San Angelo's splash setup and LA County's additional open facilities here.
245 San Angelo Ave.
Frank G Bonelli Regional Park
This sprawling park has everything—from fishing and hiking, to bird watching and swimming. The swim beach is open Thurs. through Sun., 10a.m. – 5pm, until Sept. 6. Physical distancing is a must and face coverings are required outside of water. Also, no water toys, tents, umbrellas, or sun shelters allowed in or out of water.
120 E. Via Verde Dr.
Closed for Now
The splash pads at these city-run parks remain closed.
Escape the chaos of the nearby Santa Monica Pier for this urban oasis. Inside the park, head to Discovery Hill, which features a children's play area (with a sloped climbing wall and slides), shaded picnic area, and splash pad. The water area is built on a soft surface making it safe for little ones.
Hours: Park is open daily 6a.m.-11p.m., but splash pad hours vary due to efforts to reduce water usage during drought.
1615 Ocean Ave.
Pacific Park Community Center
Hot time, summer in the valley! Take the littles to Pacific Park’s water play area for splash-pad shenanigans that will keep the whole family cool as a cucumber. Once everyone is sufficiently water-logged, dry off and head over to the Pacific Park library for some air-conditioned book browsing.
Hours: Open May 27-Sept. 9; 11:00a.m.-6:00p.m; Sept. 7-Oct. 13 from 11a.m.-6p.m Sat. & Sun. only
501 S. Pacific Ave.
Coldwater Canyon Park
More stream than splash pad, this adorable grassy area in Beverly Hills has a gentle man-made creek for the littles to splash around in making it a popular hot spot for cooling off. Don’t mistake this place for the Coldwater Canyon Park up Mulholland — this one is right across from the fire station where Beverly Dr. and Coldwater Canyon meet.
After what feels like months of months of renovation, the playground portion of this must-see spot is complete along with lots of shade for those hot, sunny days.
Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
1100 N. Beverly Dr.
Annenberg Community Beach House
Okay, okay, we know we just said that splash pads are great in lieu of the beach but hear us out about one of our favorite spots first. This oceanside facility is open to the public and here is where you get the best of both worlds: A sandy play area plus a fantastic splash pad with lots of tables and chairs, all with a relaxing ocean view without worrying about undertow or riptides. Sounds perfect amiright?
If you’re craving a pool experience, you can buy day passes for the historical beach house pool (half off on Mon.) but if you don’t feel like the extra work, just lay low at the pad.
Hours: Offseason hours vary but the splash pad is officially open May through Sept. from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
415 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Stoner Park Splash Pool
If your older fish want more out of a cool-down experience than just a few misters, this spot has a pool with a splash pad attached so there’s a little something for everyone. The splash pad has fountains, sprays and water walls that line the front edge of the gradual entry pool providing non-stop fun.
Once the more adventurous of the bunch have acclimated to the cooler water temperatures (ideal for a hot day), they can shift to the pool (or the twisty water slide for ages 7 and up), which is 4 1/2 feet deep and allows for safe swimming.
Because of the pool, this splash pad has an admission fee of $3.50 for adults and $1 for kids. There’s a 1-1 ratio of adults to kids in the pool for kids under 7 and everyone must have a bathing suit to enter.
Hours: Pool and water slide hours vary, so be sure to check the website but opening day is Jun. 9 and the pool closes Sept. 3.
1835 Stoner Ave.
Panorama Recreation Center
Dump buckets, waterfalls, and bubbling fountains make this seasonal splash pad a huge hit with the locals and beyond. There is a playground right next to the water play area so chances are your little frogs will be nicely worn out after hopping around this place for a while! There is limited shade so be sure to bring lots of sunscreen along with (required) bathing suits.
Hours: Splash pad opens Jun. 8 through the rest of the summer from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.
8600 Hazeltine Ave.
Alondra Community Regional Park
At 53 acres, and located halfway between Hawthorne and Torrance in Lawndale, this park features a duck pond, scooter paths, a playground, the occasional visit from an ice cream man, and a splash pad that is full of entertainment for the entire family. If you have a big kid in tow, they may even enjoy the skate park or the full size swimming pool. But if parents are simply looking for easy (and free!) enjoyment, stick to the splash pad — it’s hours of soaking wet fun.
Hours: May 1-Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
3850 W. Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Rancho Tapo Community Park
All of LA can get hot, but places like Simi Valley really sizzle, so it’s not surprising that one of the city’s best splash pads is located there. Affectionately known by locals as "Lemon Park," this exceptionally well-maintained (read: clean!) spot also offers a playground, sports courts (they have bocce ball!), fitness equipment and 1/2 mile of trails for little hikers.
After you’ve sampled all the park’s amenities, take your brood under the giant mushroom sprinkler to cool down. Beating the heat has never been more peaceful.
Hours: The splash pad is open Jun. 1 until the end of Sept. from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
3700 Avenida Simi
Virginia Avenue Park
This 9.5-acre park in the heart of Santa Monica is a beauty and a great place to bring a group of friends to spend the day. The park boasts two modern playgrounds, basketball courts, ample parking, a “patio” for picnicking and, of course, the splash pad.
Splashing is paramount here with water shooting from the walls and ground at alternating intervals accompanied by several water “cannons” that will be sure to keep everyone nice and wet. The park is also adjacent to the Pico Branch Library with a Whole Foods across the street (perfect place to pick up some picnic items) and hosts a weekly Farmer’s Market on Sat.
Hours: Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. but subject to close due to drought restrictions.
2200 Virginia Ave.
–LeTania Kirkland Smith, Shannan Rouss & Jenifer Scott
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