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    Hi Everyone!!!

    As far as my Spectrum goes, there are nine spray pad locations in London.

    1) Gibbons Spray Pad in Gibbons Park

    2) Rowntree Spray Pad on Whetter Avenue

    3) Lambeth Spray Pad on Beattie Street West

    4) Forks of the Thames Spray Pad

    5) Kiwanis Spray Pad off Hale Street in Kiwanis Park

    6) West Lions Spray Pad by Kinsmen Rec Centre

    7) Bonaventure Spray Pad on Bonaventure Drive

    8) Jesse Davidson Park Spray Pad off Monte Vista or Ensign Crescent

    9) S.E. Optimist Park on Deveron Crescent

    Could you please post what you like/dislike about the spray pads that you've been to. (i.e., bathrooms nearby, shaded, clean, swings/play equipment nearby, etc.)

    For example, I've looked at Jesse Davidson Park Spray Pad (in my neighbourhood) and I noticed that there is absolutely no shade but is far enough away from traffic to relax some. That's all I've noticed about that spray pad, so more info would be appreciated!

    I'm trying to find out what each spray pad has to offer so I and other moms can decide where to go (and not go!) this summer. Thanks in advance!

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    9) S.E. Optimist Park on Deveron Crescent is still under construction ...


    1) Gibbons Spray Pad in Gibbons Park has lots of shade bathrooms are a little further away


    6) West Lions Spray Pad by Kinsmen Rec Centre not much shade but is between 2 different play grounds



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    5) Kiwanis Spray Pad off Hale Street in Kiwanis Park

    This splash pad is in the sun, but there is also a wading pool there (not open yet, I think it opens end of June?, when it does open hours are 11am - 4pm). If I'm remembering it has part shade during the day. There are washrooms close and has playgrounds. There is a little bridge over a river with ducks.

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    3) Lambeth Spray Pad on Beattie Street West

    Like: Lots of shaded / grassy areas to park your chair on, one picnic table, usually very clean, Saturn Playground / swings right next to the splash pad, lots of parking and you can walk around on the path so LO's never have to cross the (not very busy) road. The library is in the same parking lot, and there are soccer fields to the North of that give tons of room for LO's to run and play, as well as a walking path by the river (and a footbridge) for those that want to go for a little walk.

    Dislike: the washroom you have to use is either the exterior one on the side of the arena or the one in the library for now... A porta-potty usually shows up around the end of this month.

    Personally, my favorite just because it's within walking distance......

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    1) Gibbons Spray Pad in Gibbons Park

    Like: shady, isolated enough that I'm not worried she'll wander off and get hurt.

    Dislike: can be crowded

    4) Forks of the Thames Spray Pad

    Like: It's very cool, has buttons like you would press at a stoplight which kids love. Central location is great for meeting people.

    Dislike: Right between the splash pad and the playground runs a bike trail, and LOs could easily wander out onto it heading to the playground and be hit by a passing bike. It's ok if you stand in front of the bike path so that if/when they wander you are right there, but it still me nervous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamabear View Post
    4) Forks of the Thames Spray Pad...Dislike: Right between the splash pad and the playground runs a bike trail, and LOs could easily wander out onto it heading to the playground and be hit by a passing bike...
    Sounds like the city wasn't trying to make it very child-friendly when they planned that one! LOL!

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    Is the splash pad at Gibbons the closest (or best) one to Adelaide/Huron? I know there's a wading pool very close to me but I'm looking for a decent splash pad this summer.



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    the one on wetter is better for shy smaller kids not much for older ones



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    There is a new one in Kilworth that is nice too. No shade right at the splash pad, but nearby. Nice playground and a huge park (greenspace). It's on Westbrook I believe.
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    I love the one in Jessie DavidsonPark..I let DH run wild there last year. I am heading down there tomorrow morn to do it again!


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    I'll be at the Lambeth splash pad this evening!!!

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    IS the one downtown opened tonight ?

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    We spent about an hour at the Kiwanis park one! Tonnes of fun. I figure they're all open now.
    I have 4 boys ages 7, 5, and 3 and newborn

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    My personal fav one is at pinafore park in st.thomas..
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    I really like the one in Lambeth and of course the one in St. Thomas. Both my personal favourites. Was just at the St. Thomas one last night with my daughter.
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