Dozens of splash pads, huge wading pool open for the season in Mississauga


Published May 17, 2024 at 3:29 pm

Celebration Square wading pool in Mississauga.

It might be overcast and rainy today in Mississauga, but that doesn’t mean talk of splash pads and wading pools is off the table.

Mississauga’s 32 spray pads and a popular wading pool in the city’s downtown core opened Friday morning to give people places to cool off as warmer days of spring and summer fast approach.

Though today’s weather doesn’t lend itself, ideally, to splashing around in the water, all three days of the Victoria Day weekend appear to be free of rain and at least partially filled with sun and temperatures in the low- to mid-20s C. At least that’s what the forecast is calling for.

A particular hit with kids, the spray pads and Celebration Square’s wading pool will be open throughout the spring and summer well into September. Mississauga officials noted the spray pads, which are open daily starting at 9 a.m., will be unsupervised.

“Spray pads offer a unique mix of fun, safety and convenience that makes them a great summer activity, a refreshing escape from the heat and a fun way to cool off,” city officials said in an earlier news release. “They are free to use, making them an affordable and fun option for families. Unlike pools, spray pads have no standing water, making them a safe option for children of all ages, including those who don’t know how to swim.”

The wading pool at Celebration Square, located in Mississauga’s downtown core. (Photo: City of Mississauga)

The city adds amenities likes spray pads in parks offer important benefits to neighbourhoods and residents, noting such locations:

  • serve as gathering spots where people can socialize
  • encourage physical activity
  • offer an accessible space for all
  • play a vital role in fostering a healthy urban environment

Spray pads in parks across the city will remain open until September, as long as the weather cooperates, the city said.

The Celebration Square wading pool is open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day until Labour Day in early September. After Labour Day, it will shut down each night at 8 p.m.

Mississauga community services officials added spray pads are the perfect place for families to gather on warm or hot days.

“City spray pads feature interactive elements like water jets, sprinklers, sprayers, water dumping buckets, theme spray parks and fountains. These elements encourage imaginative play and fun,” they said.

“Spray pads are typically designed to be accessible to children of all abilities, including those with mobility challenges. This inclusivity ensures every child has the chance to enjoy the fun. Visiting a spray pad gives children the opportunity to interact with others, helping them develop social skills in a playful setting.”

For spray pad locations and other information, visit the city’s website or call the information line at 311.

(Cover photo: City of Mississauga)

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