9 public spraygrounds to check out this summer in Charlotte

9 public spraygrounds to check out this summer in Charlotte

Photo: Emma Way/Axios

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It’s hot out. Here are some local spraygrounds to take the whole family to cool off.

For the uninitiated, a sprayground is a combo playground and water fountain. There are plenty of spraygrounds all over Charlotte, and they’re way more elaborate than the sprinkler you’ve got at home.

Here are 9 to check out this summer, in no particular order.

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Editor’s note: This piece was originally published June 25, 2015 and was last updated June 25, 2021


(1) Romare Bearden Park

Location: 300 S. Church St.
Parking: Standard urban paid parking; try parallel metered spots around the perimeter of the park or any deck Uptown
The deal: Splash waterfalls, a misting cool zone and killer views of the city

Romare Bearden


(2) First Ward Park

Location: 301 E. 7th St.
Parking: Paid street parking around the perimeter of the park; nearby parking decks
The deal: Fountains and sprinklers just across the street from ImaginOn and 7th Street Public Market

First Ward Sprayground

Photo: Emma Way/Axios


(3) Veteran’s Park

Location: 2136 Central Ave.
Parking: Large free parking lot
The deal: One big covered area with lots of fountains and sprayers


(4) Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Location: Elizabeth Park on the Greenway at 4th & Kings
Parking: Free lots at 4th & Kings and Elizabeth & Kings
The deal: Pause your stroll along the Sugar Creek Greenway by the Captain Jack statue to play at the fun-sized splash pad

Elizabeth Park Sprayground


(5) Latta Park

Location: 601 E. Park Ave
Parking: Several free angled spots on the street
The deal: This 32-acre park tucked in the center of Dilworth is sometimes overlooked compared to Freedom Park, but it’s worth a stop.

Latta Park


(6) Cordelia Park

Location: 2100 N. Davidson St
Parking: Big lot up the hill
The deal: Adjacent pool charges $1 access all summer but the sprayground is free


(7) Clarks Creek Community Park

Location: 5435 Hucks Rd.
Parking: Two small free lots that sometimes fill up on busy summer days
The deal: The 31-acre park only opened in 2019 so it has all the bells and whistles from a sprayground and 8 pickleball courts to a dog park and a loop trail system.

Clarks Creek Community. Photo: Courtesy Mecklenburg County


(8) Nevin Community Park

Location: 6100 Statesville Rd.
Parking: Good sized parking lot
The deal: The park has two separate spraygrounds for younger and older children.


(9) West Charlotte Recreation Center

Location: 2401 Kendall Drive
Parking: Big dedicated lot.
The deal: This splash ground is covered! So you can splash around in the water and stay in the shade.


What’s your favorite way to cool off in the summer months?

Share your answer with me at symphony.webber@axios.com.

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