What’s Cool at the Pool?—Pool and Splashpad Roundup

. July 2, 2018.
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Rutherford Pool

975 Congress St, Ypsilanti
forpool.org | 734-482-4401Rutherford-Pool_150

What’s cool: Thanks to by generous sponsors and donors, this pool was completely renovated and rebuilt in 2014. Find water exercise classes, and even a kids triathlon for ages 4-12. The pool is available for rent.
Guest amenities: Restrooms have changing tables.
Cost: $4, adults. $3, youth from 1-4:50pm. $2.25, youth from 6-8pm. $3, seniors age 55+. $2, ages 4 and younger.
Purchase a punch card and get your fifth visit free: $16/adults, $12/youth and seniors. Season passes are also available.

Rolling Hills Water Park

7660 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti
ewashtenaw.org | 734-484-9676Rolling-Hills-Water-Park_150_PHOTO-CREDIT-NEIL-STRONG

What’s cool: Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, Rolling Hills Water Park has everything you need— a lazy river for lounging, a wave pool, water slides, and an activity pool with zero-depth entry. The large sun deck, which offers plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas. Spraygrounds inside the water park are under construction until early August.
Guest amenities: First aid services, bathhouses with restrooms, showers, diaper changing stations, and coin lockers.
Cost: $8 for county residents and $10 for non-residents (with $2 off after 5pm). Weekend and holiday rates bump up to $10 and $13. Kids under 36 inches tall are free. Note: $1 off all admission prices during construction!

Plymouth Sprayscape

46640 W Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
plymouthtwp.org | 734-453-3567Plymouth-Sprayscape_150

What’s cool: Approximately 2600 square feet of fun for kids of all ages. The sprayscape, open from 10-am-7:30pm daily, features 12 ground sprayers and 24 spray features, like the Water Cannons, Horse Charger, Froggy-O, Daisy Mae, and Water O’s.
Guest amenities: Township Park restrooms are available.
Cost: Free!

Buhr Park Pool

2751 Packard St
a2gov.org | 734-794-6234Buhr-Park-Pool_150

What’s cool: Young kids enjoy the tot pool, offering a zero to two foot depth incline, and ages 1-8 love the fan-shaped splash pad, complete with interactive sprayers and toys available to borrow. Parents and older kids will find a 25-yard lap pool with a 12-foot diving well. Lounge chairs, a nice picnic area, tennis courts and a shaded deck area provide poolside fun.
Guest amenities: Changing tables in family restrooms and locker rooms for changing.
Cost: Please see Veterans Memorial Park cost description above.

Veterans Memorial Park Pool

2150 Jackson Ave
a2gov.org | 734-794-6235Veterans-Memorial-Park-Pool-_150

What’s cool: A recent extensive renovation has provided a brand-new, smooth pool liner. A few favorites include the fan-shaped, zero-depth area, an interactive water play feature, and the 125-foot water slide (42 inch height requirement). The pool also offers rentals of the main pool, tot splash, waterslide or a combination of the three.
Guest amenities: Family restrooms have changing tables.
Cost: $5, adults. $5, kids 4-17 and seniors 55+. Free for children 3 and under. 10-day punch passes are available for $40. Summer season passes are $265 and are valid from May 26-Sept. 3, 2018 at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial park pools for all public swim times and tot splashes.

Heritage Park Splash Pad

46000 Summit Pkwy, Canton
canton-mi.org/148/Splash-Playgrounds | 734-394-5323Heritage-Park-Splash-Pad_150

What’s cool: This park has all the spray feature fun you can handle, including several fountains, buckets, water guns, and mini soak arches to run through. Benches and picnic tables surround the perimeter. Birthday party packages are available.
Guest amenities: Family restrooms with changing tables are available as part of Heritage Park.
Cost: Free!

Fuller Park Pool

1519 Fuller Rd
a2gov.org | 734-794-6236FULLER-PARK_150

What’s cool: A favorite landmark for the kids is Fuller’s quintessential waterslide, but Fuller Park also boasts a seven-lane, 50-meter lap pool for adults and a shallow area with ramp access to splash around with your littles. For picnics and relaxing, find plenty of open space, lounge chairs, and grills. Events are also held throughout the summer, including “Dive-In Movies,” where you can float and catch a flick on an inflatable big screen.
Guest amenities: Family restrooms with changing tables.
Cost: Please see Veterans Memorial Park cost description.

Jump Island Water Park

6122 Bishop Lake Rd, Brighton
gojumpisland.com/brighton–mi.html | 810-882-7568Jump-Island_150

What’s cool: Inflatable water park featuring a maze of trampolines and obstacles. Need we say more? 42 inch height requirement. Call to make reservations, or schedule on a time online.
Guest amenities: Bathrooms and rentable lockers.
Cost: $15 per person for a 45 minute pass, or $25 for three consecutive 45 minute sessions.

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3200 Jennings Rd, Whitmore Lake
washtenaw.org/parks | 734-449-4437

What’s cool: Part of the Independence Lake General Park, this “spray play facility” has a dedicated family section and includes a slide with no height restriction. The water play structure, a fun cross between a splash pad and a jungle gym, has colorful interactive jets everywhere you look.
Guest amenities: First aid services, family changing rooms, showers, diaper changing stations and coin lockers.
Cost: $4, county residents. $5, non-residents (but $1 off after 5pm). Free for children 2 and under.
Note: admission to Independence Lake Park is required.