It’s hard to believe, with temperatures still in the upper 90s, that neighborhood pools are starting to close for the season, and that splash pads won’t be far behind. September 8, 2013 is the last day neighborhood splash pads will be splashing in Austin. That gives you a deadline! How many local aquatic attractions can you visit in the next two weeks?
One fine option for free water fun is Rosewood Park in East Austin. This is a favorite of ours because it boasts not only a free splash pad and a free pool, but it has tennis courts, a recreation center, a bandstand, a covered pavilion with restrooms, and a fun playground as well.
On a recent visit, my 5-year-old worked up a sweat on the pirate ship playscape and swings, before heading over to the nearby sprayground.
The Rosewood Splash Pad offers a little bit of shade, which the baby and I appreciated. My son, however, ignored the shade canopies completely and followed the water. The various features take turns spraying, so he hopped contentedly from one to the next. Water features turn on when a button is depressed and remain on for 15 minutes.
Rosewood Splash Pad is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., until September 8, 2013.
The splash pad is conveniently sandwiched in between tennis courts and the pool. If you come prepared, you could easily spend a few hours playing at Rosewood Park!
Rosewood Pool is open daily for recreational swim, through September. Click here for the pool schedule. The pool is fully enclosed and has lifeguards, for your peace of mind.
If you arrive at Rosewood Park only to find the splash pad not operational, other East Austin splash pad options include Chestnut Park and Bartholomew Park.
Find the schedule for all City of Austin splash pads and pools here. Happy splashing!
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