Construction began on Jan. 8, 2018, on the new splash playground, located near the north soccer field within Kiwanis Park. Anticipated opening is summer 2018.
In February 2017, the City Council approved $1.7 million for design and construction of the playground. The site selection criteria included existing parking availability, access to utilities, water and electrical, as well as proximity to existing restrooms and ADA accessibility.
The new playground will become Tempe’s only large water park amenity. Other, smaller splash pads are located throughout Tempe. Admission to any splash playground and splash pad in Tempe is free.
Residents provided feedback about how they wanted to play and keep cool at the future Kiwanis Splash Playground at a community open house on March 13, 2017, at Kiwanis Park. They also commented online.