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Splashpads and Spraygrounds
In The Woodlands

In addition to the fourteen pools and aquatic facilities located throughout The Woodlands, there are a host of water-fun activities scattered across The Woodlands in the form of Splashpads and Spraygrounds. Three of the most well-known are of course Treasures From Grandma's Purse, located at Waterway Square, The Village Green Sprayground at Creekside Park Village Green, and the multi-colored splash pad at the south end of Central Park at Market Street. Though they are located in high-foot-traffic areas and easy enough to find, none have quite the elaborate setup and variety of fun, "splash-tastic" ways to get wet as those located in the parks and pools elsewhere in The Woodlands.

what parks in the woodlands have spraygrounds

Eight of the fourteen pools in The Woodlands have spraygrounds build right into them, allowing for visitors who just want to splash around and not actually get in the pool to have a great time, too. The Cranebrook Pool in Sterling Ridge has a great playstructure in it, which can be climbed over and under, as well as slides and a swinging bridge. In College Park at the Harper's Landing Pool, there is a wide-open sprayground area that includes mushroom falls and water sprayer features. At the Ridgewood Pool in Panther Creek, kids can dance around in the tumbling buckets and water sprayers over near the swan slide. There's the interactive play structure at the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center in the Village of Creekside Park, which includes a 150-gallon dump bucket for huge splashes! The sprayground at the Sawmill Pool is unique in that it is part of the pool (thus requiring a pool pass to enter, just as all of the pools do) but it is also open outside of the pool season. Another pool in Creekside Park that has a dump-bucket is the Wendtwoods Pool, which also features other fun playscape features similar to those at the Cranebrook Pool. In the Village of Alden Bridge is the Windvale Pool, where the playstructure is in a very large shallow area and includes a tube slide, climbing structure and faucets kids can spin to turn the sprayers and waterfalls off and on. And the newest splashpad was added in at the Shadowbend Pool, in the Village of Cochran's Crossing; this tree-themed sprayground has a crawl-through rain tree as the centerpiece of the splashpad, and is the only one of its kind. Like the spraygound at theSawmill Pool, this one is adjacent to the pool for access during the pool season, and will also have off-season access through early fall each year, even after the pool is closed for the year.


In recent years, The Woodlands Township has added five more splashpads and spraygrounds around The Woodlands, giving the hot and weary from age one to a hundred and one another way to get some refreshing respite from the Texas heat.

There are many great things about the spraygrounds, the first of which being they're open just about anytime you need them.


Unlike the fountains in Waterway Square, Central Park, or Creekside Park Village Green (which are turned off to accommodate various events held there throughout the year), or the spraygrounds at the pools (which require pool passes to visit and are closed the same days the pools are), the new splashpads are open every day from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, March through October - give or take a few days at the beginning and end of the season, based on which day of the week dates fall upon - and are FREE!*

* Since the Sawmill sprayground is part of Sawmill Pool, and the Shadowbend sprayground is part of the Shadowbend Pool - when the pool is open, pool entry requirements apply. When Sawmill Pool and Shadowbend Pool are closed for the season, the sprayground is still open through early fall, and no pool pass or fee is required.

Where are The Woodlands Spraygrounds?

The first sprayground to be installed in The Woodlands was the May Valley Sprayground, and has an old west theme. Viewed from above, the two separate splash pad areas resemble wagon wheels, and rising from the center of one is an old-fashion water tower that showers kids from above. The sprayers children can aim and spray resemble horses, and there are a multitude of fountains spraying up from the ground.


In 2012, while undergoing a much-needed update and renovation at the second-oldest park in The Woodlands, the Sprayground at Sawmill Park was added. Incorporated into the theme of a sawmill, the sprayers resemble "saws" which children can pull back and forth to control the water, and the upright, overhead sprayers are painted to look like tree trunks.


In Creekside Park, the Timarron Sprayground looks like a giant daisy when viewed from above, a flora & fauna theme that carries over to the overhead sprayers built like giant flowers and cattails, as well as the open-mouthed, giant frog which rains down on kids as they run through. Also in Creekside Park at the Creekside Park Village Green is a smaller splashpad much like the one at Waterway Square.


There is also a sprayground at the park located within Carlton Woods, the gated community nestled within the heart of The Woodlands. Opened in the spring of 2013, the five-acre park and sprayground is located on South Fazio Way in Carlton Woods Creekside. Because Carlton Woods is a gated community, access to the park and sprayground there is limited to Carlton Woods residents and their guests.


The latest park-related splash pad addition is in Cochran's Crossing - the Shadowbend Sprayground, open in mid-July 2014, is a tree-themed splashpad is located adjacent to the pool that will be part of the pool during the pool season but will also be open in the off season through late October. A crawl-through rain tree is the centerpiece of the splashpad and is the only one of its kind.

What Are The Woodlands Sprayground Rules?

We're glad you asked! By and large, rules for the spraygrounds are pretty common sense - here's the official list:

  • Non-service animals are prohibited.
  • Food, pets, smoking, alcoholic beverages and illegal substances are prohibited within 10 feet of the sprayground.
  • No glass containers should be on or near the splash pads.
  • Walk; don't run in and around the sprayground.
  • Do not climb on the spray features; use the playgrounds to climb.
  • No skateboards, bicycles or other items with wheels are allowed on the spray ground surface.
  • No rough-housing, aggressive behavior, or use of profane language is permitted. Play nice!
  • Changing diapers within six feet (6') of water feature is prohibited.
  • Use of the water feature if ill with a contagious disease is prohibited.
  • Use of the water feature when ill with diarrhea is prohibited.

Additionally, here are some safety guidelines to keep in mind when visiting the spraygrounds:

  • Please supervise children at all times.
  • There are no lifeguards on duty; participate at your own risk!
  • Clear the sprayground area when lightning is spotted.
  • Rubber-soled shoes are recommended for better footing.
  • To maintain the water quality, all diaper-aged children should wear plastic pants with tight-fitting elastic at the legs and waist, or swim diapers.
  • Do not drink water from the splashpad; use a drinking fountain instead.

As with everything throughout The Woodlands, the spraygrounds were build with the conservation of our natural resources in mind. To help ensure the least amount of water is wasted, the spraygrounds function on timers, allowing them to be off when no one is there to play. If you go to one of the spraygrounds and find the water is off, or the water turns off while your children are at play, simply look for the red button on top of the green or blue post (or on top of the "tree stump" at Sawmill Park) and push it until the water starts to flow again. Once the water is on, it will continue to run for four minutes, when the button will need to be pushed again.


To ensure water quality is maintained, one or more of the spraygrounds may be closed from time to time. In the event of a malfunction, unsanitary condition or any other non-emergency problem, call 281-210-3900.

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