Summer splash: Queen Creek offers a respite from triple-digit summer heat

 

The town of Queen Creek offers a respite from triple-digit summer heat. The splash pad has a variety of above-ground water-recreation features on more than 4,000 square feet at Founders Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, across the street from Queen Creek Town Hall. The splash pad has three 3-gallon water buckets that fill and spill water every 15 seconds, squirter jets, two water cannons and a 10-foot-tall umbrella off which water cascades. The centerpiece of the park is a 21-foot-tall water tower that was designed especially for the Queen Creek facility. On top of the water tower roof sits a 30-gallon bucket that pours water down the roof line in all directions. Inside the tower, out of sight, is a 90-gallon bucket. It dumps water that pours out through holes cut into the bottom of the tower two to three times an hour but at irregular intervals and without warning. Admission is free. The park closed for a short time last month while three shade structures were constructed. Splash pad hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Aug. 31, when the daily hours change to 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for September-October. The water park is closed November through March. For a list of splash pad rules, visit the town’s website at http://www.queencreek.org/departments/parks-recreation/parks-trails/founders-park/splash-pad-at-founders-park.

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