The Rings Fountain is one of several that are open on the Greenway. Photo courtesy of the Rose Kennedy Greenway
The Rings Fountain is one of several that are open on the Greenway. Photo courtesy of the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Boston Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools Open in 2020

You know it's summertime in Boston when kids are running through fountains and splashing in shallow pools of water on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and at area parks and playgrounds. With Governor Baker allowing spray parks to open as part of Massachusetts' Phase 2 reopening plan, city officials in Boston and surrounding suburbs are working hard to turn on the water features at many playgrounds and parks, and starting this weekend, kids are able to splash around at several of the area's "coolest" spraygrounds, fountains, and wading pools in Boston and nearby suburbs, like Brookline and Belmont. As an added bonus, these spray parks are all free to visit.

As with any public activity this summer, be sure to pack along a face mask along with your sunscreen and towels: Per state guidelines, face coverings are required in outdoor areas when 6 feet of social distance can't be maintained. Our Boston Summer Fun Guide includes more fun and safe ideas for keeping kids busy in July and August.

2020 note: Many spraygrounds remained in various stages of opening and were adjusting hours as of press time, so it's a good idea to check with facility or town recreation department before heading out.

Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools in Boston


The Canal Fountains are perfect for little kids who just want to get their feet wet. Photo courtesy of Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Rose Kennedy Greenway Fountains—Chinatown, Wharf District, and North End
2020 note: The Greenway Fountains are on and operating from 9am to 11pm daily; note that the North Canal Fountain is undergoing a repair and won't be operational until sometime during the week of June 22nd, 2020.

Rose Kennedy Greenway fountains, listed below from north to south, are available for splashing through early October.

  • Rings Fountain—Greenway at Central Street
    64 nozzles shoot up in the air and create circles of vertical water.
  • Canal Fountains—Greenway at Salem Street (North Canal Fountain) and Greenway at North Street (South Canal Fountain)
    The Canal fountains run along the North and South lawns of the Parks. These fountains are perfect for smaller children, who just want to get their feet wet.

  • River Stream FountainSurface Road and Beach Street
    A bamboo lined, rocky stream in Chinatown is best for older kids.

Dorothy Curran Playground — South Boston
2020 update: The City of Boston is progressively turning on water at all area parks from now through the end of June. Call 3-1-1 (or 617-635-4500 if outside city limits) to see if this park's spray features have been activated.

This nautically themed playground has some of the coolest water features in town: several large seaweed sculptures spray kids down when the weather heats up.

 


With multiple spray features and some depth, the Artesani wading pool is a great way to cool off. Photo by anevseev via Instagram

Artesani Playground Spray Deck and Wading Pool—Brighton
2020 update: Massachusetts DCR spray parks are open.

​The small, nicely-maintained DCR playground has a spray deck and wading pool for cooling off. The spray deck is open through early September, while the wading pool is open Saturday and Sunday through August.

Ryan Wading Pool and Playground—Mattapan
2020 update: Massachusetts DCR spray parks are open.
The water features at this next one are extensive. Not only is there a substantial wading pool, but there are several spray features in the shapes of animals. Ryan Wading Pool is open daily from mid-June to late August with extended hours on Thursdays in July and August.

Stony Brook Spray Deck—Jamaica Plain
2020 update: Massachusetts DCR spray parks are open.

This small neighborhood spray deck is part of the Stony Brook Playground. It's open daily from late May to early September.  

Johnson Playground Spray Deck—Jamaica Plain
2020 update: Massachusetts DCR spray parks are open.
Like Stony Brook, this is small neighborhood spray deck is part of the Johnson Playground. It's open daily from late May to early September with extended hours in July and August.

Alfond Memorial Spray Deck—West End
2020 update: Massachusetts DCR spray parks are open.

You may not be able to dive into the Charles River, but you can cool down on its shores at the Alfond Memorial Spray Deck.

Olsen Swimming Pool and Spray Deck—Hyde Park
2020 update: Massachusetts DCR spray parks are open.

With brightly colored spray features, this splash pad is big enough for everyone who needs to cool down on hot days. The spray deck is open from late June to late August with extended hours in July and August.

Frog Pond, Boston Common—Beacon Hill
2020 update: The Frog Pond wading pool will not be operational this summer.
From late June through Labor Day weekend, children ages 12 and under can cool off in the Frog Pond Spray Pool, open daily at 11am. 

Splash Fountain, Christian Science Plaza—Back Bay
2020 update: The Christian Science Plaza fountain will not be operational this summer due to ongoing renovations.
Renovated in 2005 at the Christian Science Plaza to include a new splash pool area and evening lighting system, the Splash Fountain is open daily, weather permitting. The fountain is on the Belvidere Street side of the plaza.

Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools in Brookline

2020 update: Brookline spraygrounds are open and operational.

Coolidge Playground—Brookline
Water shoots out of what looks like a volcano at Coolidge Playground.

Soule Recreation Center—Brookline
Nestled right in the middle of a large playground is a sizable spray deck to cool down on in between turns on the slides and swings.

Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools in Cambridge

2020 update: As of June 18, 2020, Cambridge was still working out details to activate spray features at parks. Call the Parks Division in the Department of Public Works at 617-349-4885

Alexander W. Kemp Playground—Cambridge
This super unique playground Cambridge Common (it’s built of natural materials) has a splash pad and water wheel with attached water tables.

Danehy Park—Cambridge
In addition to playgrounds, open green space and paths, Danehy Park has a large spray deck that’s perfect for cooling off on hot days.

North Point Park — Cambridge
The spray deck at North Point Park has one of the best views in the area. You can see Boston and the Zakim Bridge while splashing around.

Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools in Somerville


The splash pad in Foss Park in Somerville features many different sized vertical jets for kids to run through.

2020 update: As of June 18, 2020, Somerville was still working out details to activate spray features at parks. Call Somerville Parks and Recreation Department at 617-625-6600.

Foss Park/Latta Brothers Memorial Pool—Somerville
2020 update: Massachusetts DCR spray parks are open.
A large, colorful splash pad with inviting vertical jets of various sizes opened last summer in Foss Park, near the popular Latta Brothers Memorial Pool.

Chuckie Harris Park—Somerville
The innovative water feature at Chuckie Harris Park doubles as a movie screen on summer nights. (Note: Movies were not yet planned for 2020 as of press time).

Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools in Metrowest Boston


The rock features make Beaver Brook feel a little like a natural spring. Photo by aslava via Instagram

Beaver Brook Spray Deck and Playground—Belmont
2020 update: Massachusetts DCR spray parks are open, but call 617-727-5380 to check status.

There are a lot of fun water features in the Beaver Brook Spray Deck as well as a playground and lots of green space to explore in the Beaver Brook Reservation (a favorite for dogs and their humans). Tip: The rocks in the water area get slippery, so have your little ones wear water shoes with tread. 

Originally published in 2011


Rose Kennedy Greenway Fountains
Boston, MA 02111

Christian Science Plaza Fountain
Boston, MA 02115

Beaver Brook Playground
Belmont, MA 02478

Stony Brook Playground & Spray Deck
Boston, MA 02130

Frog Pond Spray Pool
Boston Common
Boston, MA 02108

Artesani Park
1255 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02456
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