Explore: Eastside Splash Spots

When the mercury climbs, what better way to cool off than at an outdoor pool or fountain?

In Kirkland check out the open swim times at Peter Kirk Pool right next to the library. There’s a big pool as well as a baby/wading pool for the little ones. Be sure to call first or check online for open swim times before you head down and don’t miss the Family Fun Nights complete with games and music.

In Woodinville, explore the trails and playground at Cottage Lake Park and then hit the outdoor pool to cool off. Cottage Lake Pool is a great spot to swim and has a fun circular waterslide too! Check the website for open swim times.

Bellevue has an awesome water spray area at Crossroads Park – complete with giant,  squirty orca whales and sea anenomes all on top of a cushy surface. The rest of the park also has a great playground and picnic tables.

The fountains at Redmond Town Center are always a fun place for kids on a hot day so if you’re shopping, don’t forget to pack the kid’s suit and towel. Also in Redmond is Grasslawn Park’s splash pad located at the lower part of the park (on the 148th side) where there’s also plenty of shady spots for a picnic!

Sammamish is home to the Eastside’s newest splash area at the Sammamish Commons Park behind City Hall.

-Angie J. Ballas