Summer in Rockford can get hot! If you’re looking for a way to cool down, the Rockford area has several splash pads, spray pads, spraygrounds and a wading pool that you can check out. If a spraypad or sprayground just won’t cut it and you want to go swimming, check out pools in the Rockford area and beaches in the Rockford area.
Many of these water features are close to a playground so pack a lunch and make it a whole day!
Most of these water features are open between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Types of water features
There are a few different types of water features. Here’s what to expect when you visit.
Spray pads – These are usually a pole that sprays out water from the top or sides continuously or with the push of a button. They are often located near a playground.
Splash pads and spraygrounds – These are often a large concrete area with fountains spraying up from the ground and equipment that kids can interact with.
Wading pools – These are 2-4 foot depth pools that may include other water features such as fountains or slides.
Here’s a list of the spray pads, spraygrounds, splash pads, and wading pools in the Stateline area.
Free Spray Pads
These spray pads are open from 1 pm – 8 pm each day. The following spray pads are activated by pushing a button attached to the pole. All of these spray pads are open to the public and free to use.
- Beattie Playground (1251 Rural Street, Rockford, IL)
- Blackhawk Park (101 15th Avenue, 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)
- Highland Park (3011 Rural St., Rockford, IL)
- Keye-Mallquist Park (1702 11th Street, Rockford, IL)
- Liberty Park (1555 Morgan Street, Rockford, IL)
- Mandeville Park (650 Montague Road, Rockford, IL)
- Sabrooke Playground (2900 Kishwaukee St., Rockford, IL)
- S. Henrietta Park (527 S. Henrietta Street, Rockford, IL)
The following spray pads are activated by temperature.
- Dahlquist Park (3251 Oak Grove Avenue, Rockford, IL)
- Washington Park (3617 Delaware Street, Rockford, IL)
Here are the rules for these spray pads:
When the heat index is at least 85 degrees, you can call customer service at 815-987-8800 to request the spray pad be turned on between 1 pm – 5 pm. If the temperature is over 95 degrees, Rockford Park District will automatically turn on the pads.
Splash Pads and Spraygrounds
Free Splash Pads and Spraygrounds
Doty Sprayground (365 W. Locust St., Belvidere, IL)
Hours: Open daily from 11 am – 8 pm
Doty Sprayground has geysers, a water tunnel, spinning water pole, and numerous other features that kids can interact with. While you’re there, stop by Doty Park to play. The sprayground is open from May 31 – September. More about Doty Sprayground here.
Riverside Park Splash Pad (2600 Parkside Dr., Janesville, WI)
Hours: Open daily from 10 am – 8 pm
Riverside Park Splash Pad is nature themed and has sections for teens, family, and toddlers. There are water jets, fountain sprayers, water cannons, and more. The splash pad is open from May 18 – September 15, 2019.
Splash Canyon Spray Park (14th St, Oregon, IL)
Hours: 8 am – 8 pm
The Splash Canyon Spray Park has water tunnels, fountain sprayers, geysers and more. The spray park is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
Up for a drive? Check out these splash pads.
Splash Pad at Lakeview Park (6300 Mendota Ave., Middleton, WI)
Hours: Open daily from 9 am – 7 pm
The splash pad at Lakeview Park has geysers, fountains, and many interactive water features. The splash pad is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
Fitchburg Splash Pad (2930 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg, WI)
Hours: Open daily from 10 am – 8 pm
The Fitchburg splash pad in McKee Farms Park is farm themed with tractors, flowers, horses, chickens and other brightly colored equipment. It is fully accessible and safe for all ages and abilities. There are three zones: toddler, pre-teens, and families. Each zone has age-appropriate water features. The splash pad is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day. More about Fitchburg Splash pad here.
Paid Splash Pads and Spraygrounds
Nancy Olson Children’s Garden in Klehm Arboretum (2715 S. Main St., Rockford, IL)
Hours: Open daily from 9 am – 8 pm
Admission: Adults $6
Children under 2 are free
The Children’s Garden has a Kid’s Creek, splash pad and fountain. These features are new to the garden in 2019. There is also a Free Opening Day to celebrate these renovations on June 9th from 11 am – 2 pm. This splash pad is open from June 9 through Labor Day.
Klehm also has donation days the first Tuesday of every month where you can choose what you pay.
While several of the Rockford area pools have kiddie pools, there is only one standalone wading pool in the Stateline area.
Palmer Wading Pool (2501 Palmer Dr., Janesville, WI)
Hours: Open daily from 12 pm – 7 pm
Admission: $1 per child over 1, caregivers are free. Youth season pass is $5
Open June 1 – August 25, 2019
Palmer Wading Pool is a large wading pool with seven inch depth throughout. There is a raining mushroom feature and two whale-shaped slides. Be sure to check out the awesome and highly accessible, Camden Playground while you’re there. More about Palmer Wading Pool here.