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It has been a HOT week.  And I have to admit, I wished we had picked a pool or something to review this week for our playground reviews(even though a pool is technically not a playground)

But did you know? Rockford has something that would’ve been the perfect solution?

Enter Spray Pads, Spraygrounds, and Splash Pads

Now this is a cool little mashup, where you can play on a regular playground AND cool off with a nifty little sprayer with the push of a button!


I don’t remember having such awesome things when we were younger. We either had to suffer through the heat or stay home and run through the sprinkler. I’m so super jealous of today’s kids and their spraygrounds.

The Rockford Park District lists 10 different spray pads where you can cool off with the push of a button between 1pm and 8 pm. From now until Labor day! WOOHOO!!

  • Beattie Playground (1251 Rural Street, Rockford, IL)
  • Bloom School Playground (2901 Pelham Road, Rockford, IL)
  • Brown Park (2010 North Main Street, Rockford, IL)
  • Churchill Park (2002 7th Avenue, Rockford, IL)
  • Harmon Park (1924 East Gate Parkway, Rockford, IL)
  • Keye-Mallquist Park (1702 11th Street, Rockford, IL)
  • Liberty Park (1555 Morgan Street, Rockford, IL)
  • Mandeville Park (650 Montague Road, Rockford, IL)
  • S. Henrietta Park (527 S. Henrietta Street, Rockford, IL)
  • Washington Park (3617 Delaware Street, Rockford, IL)

They also have 2 spray pad locations that are activated based on the heat index:

  • Blackhawk Park (101 15th Avenue, Rockford, IL)
  • Dahlquist Park (3251 Oak Grove Avenue, Rockford, IL)

The guidelines for Blackhawk Park and Dahlquist Park  are:

When the heat index is at least 85 degrees you can call into RPD Customer Service to request that the spray pad is turned on between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

When the heat index is at least 95 degrees the Rockford Park District will automatically activate the spray pads from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

When the heat index is over 100 degrees, the Rockford Park District will activate the spray pads from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There are also two spraygrounds that you can cool off at this summer that are just a short drive from Rockford.
Spraygrounds are a little different in that they are designed for water play instead of having a water feature added to a regular playground. Either way, the kids get to cool off and you get to be the hero on a hot summer day!

Doty Park Sprayground (365 W Locust St, Belvidere, IL)
The Doty Park Sprayground is open from 11am-8pm (weather permitting) and is FREE.

Palmer Park Wading Pool (2400 Palmer Drive, Janesville, WI)
Palmer Park Wading pool is open daily from Noon-7pm and is $1 per child, or you may purchase a season pass for $5

We can’t wait to visit some of the Rockford Spray Pads, the Doty Park Sprayground, and Palmer Park Wading Pool to beat the heat this summer.

Have you visited any of the parks or playgrounds above? Let us know in the comments below!