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Construction begins on Kiwanis Park Splash Playground; scheduled to open in summer 2018

Park patrons will notice new activity this week as construction kicks off on the Kiwanis Park Splash Playground. The $1.7 million playground is being built near the north soccer field within Kiwanis Park, which is located between Baseline and Guadalupe roads at Mill Avenue. All park amenities, with the exception of the ramadas in the surrounding area, will remain open during construction. The ramadas will be closed. The splash playground is expected to open in summer 2018.

Rendering of splash playground design:

The City Council approved design and construction of the playground in February 2017. It will become Tempe’s only large water park amenity. Other, smaller splash pads are located throughout Tempe, and admission is free to all. 

City staff evaluated Tempe’s community parks to determine the best location for the splash playground based on the amenities currently available. Criteria for location consideration included existing parking availability, access to utilities, water and electrical, as well as proximity to existing restrooms and ADA accessibility.

Several residents took part in a robust public involvement process over the last several months, leading to the final design concept. Click here to review the public input.

To read the Kiwanis Park proposal, visit here. To watch the Council discussion, visit here. For more information on the splash playground, visit

For more information on the city’s aquatics facilities, visit


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