Your guide to Dayton-area spray parks

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Your guide to Dayton-area spray parks

If you don’t want to immerse yourself in water, a spray park might be the best option for you. 

Run among a variety of fountains or turn the kids loose for a few hours to cool off and splash in the puddles that collect around the structures.

8/31/07 -- ddn090207salestax --Brian Knuth, 2, (left) and his brother Kyle, 3, of Atlanta play in the fountain at the the Greene while visiting his grandparents in Beavercreek with his family. PHOTO BY JAN UNDERWOOD Jan Underwood

WHERE: 102 Plum St., Beavercreek 

WHEN: The fountains are open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through Labor Day. For certain events, the fountains may be shut off. Call 937-429-4961 for hours. Towel services are offered from 4-10 p.m.

INFO: Free to the public. For more info, call 937-429-4961.

Sister and brother Amariya Hill, 9, left, and Khirya Hill, 5, play on the splash pad at McIntosh Park in Dayton on Thursday during an outing with their grandmother. A rare stretch of dry weather is expected to last into the weekend. TY GREENLEES / STAFF Ty Greenlees

WHERE: 882 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton 

WHEN: Open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk from Memorial Day through Sept. 2. 

INFO: Free to the public. This park is themed after Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “The Seedling” and features various flower water elements. Call 937-333-8400 for more information. 

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WHERE: 329 Five Oaks Ave., Dayton 

WHEN: Open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk from Memorial Day through Sept. 2.

INFO: Free to the public. The kids will definitely love the giant pencil shooting out water. Call 937-333-8400 for more information. 

Ashton Young, 3, beats the heat on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, by playing in a spray park along Germantown Street in Dayton. (Marshall Gorby/Staff)

WHAT: Mallory Park 

WHERE: 3037 Germantown St., Dayton 

WHEN:  Open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk from Memorial Day through Sept. 2.

INFO: Free to the public. If you’re a techie, this is a cool place to play as computer cables shoot water over a diskette. Call 937-333-8400 for more info.

Cianna Richarson gets immersed in the cooling water jets of the spray at McIntosh Spray Park on Riverview Ave.

WHERE: 238 Baltimore St., Dayton

WHEN: Open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk from Memorial Day through Sept. 2.

INFO: Free to the public. Enjoy some medieval fun with dragons, horses and knights at this park.  Call 937-333-8400 for more information.

Walnut Hills Park, at Wayne and Woodman Avenues, was established in 1926 by the city of Dayton, sits on over 9 acres and features a ball diamond, pavilion, viewing platform, playground, sprayground, along with tennis courts and a roller hockey rink. Walnut Hills sits on about 250 acres of Dayton land running the length of Wayne and Wyoming Avenues up to Watervliet Avenue and Pursell Avenue. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

WHERE: 2340 Block of Wayne Ave., Dayton

WHEN: Open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk from Memorial Day through Sept. 2.

INFO: Free to the public. For all of you music lovers out there, you’ll absolutely love the piano that plays with water. Call 937-333-8400 for more information.

The aviation-themed Washington Spray Park in Dayton is one of the city’s several spray parks. There are many splash pads and spray parks located throughout the Miami Valley. CONTRIBUTED

WHAT: Washington Park 

WHERE: 3620 E. Second St., Dayton

WHEN: Open daily from 9 a.m. until dusk from Memorial Day through Sept. 2.

INFO: Free to the public. Aviation fans will love this park. Check out Orville and Wilbur Wright with the Wright Flyer overlooking a map of the world. Call 937-333-8400 for more info.

Children walk through the fountains on Riverscape to beat the heat Wednesday. A heat advisory from the National Weather Service is set for noon to 8 p.m. today. Highs will be in the low-90s, but the extreme humidity will push the heat index up. The real feel temperature is 100 degrees. JIM WITMER / STAFF Jim Witmer/www.whiotv.com

WHERE: 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

WHEN: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

INFO: Free to the public. The fountains are located in the festival plaza of the park. Call 937-274-0126 for more info.

Jamarcus Anderson, 3 of Dayton climbs a tower during the grand opening of the Fairview Commons Spray Park and Playground on Elsmere Avenue in Dayton, Saturday, June 11, 2011.

WHERE: 2262 Elsmere Ave., Dayton

WHEN: Open daily from 9 a.m. until dusk from Memorial Day through Sept. 2.

INFO: Free to the public. This spray park is beach-themed. Call 937-333-8400 for more info.

Kristina Rader of Kettering and her two sons Trenton, 4 and Alex, 2, take a break from fun in the spray park at Orchardly Park in Oakwood Thursday June 2. As of April 1, the state requires local health agencies to inspect and license splash pads to make sure the water is filtered and treated. Rader said she thought monitoring the parks was " a good idea to make sure kids are healthy."

WHERE: 2599 Delaine Ave., Oakwood

WHEN: Open daily from sunrise to sunset through Labor Day.

INFO: Free to the public. This park was designed by children for children and includes a playground, basketball court, two tennis courts, green space and a shelter house to enjoy when the kids decide to take a break from the water. Call 937-297-2935 for more information.

Beating the heat was a blast for everyone at Island MetroPark's water playground despite Wednesday high temperature and even higher heat index.

WHERE: 101 E. Helena St., Dayton

WHEN: From May 23-June 3, park is open 4-7:50 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7:50 p.m. Saturday and 1-7:50 p.m. Sunday. Regular summer hours from June 4-August 18 are 11 a.m.-7:50 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-7:50 p.m. Sunday.  From Aug. 18 to Labor Day hours are 4-7:50 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7:50 p.m. Saturday and 1-7:50 p.m. Sunday. All hours are subject to change based on weather conditions. 

INFO: Free to the public. Grab a picnic basket and your swimsuits and get ready for a day of water fun. Call 937-275-7275 for more info.

Addison McCormick, 6, plays at Kennedy Park in Kettering July 19, 2013. AARON MAX/STAFF www.whiotv.com

WHERE: 5073 Bigger Rd., Kettering

WHEN: The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

INFO: Free to the public. The park is farm-themed and features water cannons, various spray features and tall water dumping buckets. For more information, call 937-296-2454.

The splash pad, in Thomas A. Cloud Park, in Huber Heights, officially opened on Saturday July 4, 2010.

WHERE: Cloud Park, 4707 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights

WHEN: Open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

INFO: Free to the public. This splash pad is rainbow colored and located within Cloud Park, which features 1.2 miles of walking trails, various outdoor facilities and six rental shelters. For more info, call 937-496-7134.

Sprayground at Activity Center Park off N. Main Street in Centerville lets children of all ages have fun getting wet in hot weather.

WHERE: 221 N. Main St., Centerville

WHEN: The Sprayground is open from 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through mid August.

INFO: Free to the public. The sprayground is not only for cooling off, but also has an all-access playground. Call 937-433-5155 for more info.

WHERE: 150 S. Miami Ave., Xenia, OH 45385

WHEN: The City of Xenia will officially unveil and dedicate the Bennett Play Depot and Splash Pad at Xenia Station at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25.

INFO: Visit www.explorexenia.com for more information.

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