Looking for a splashin’ good time to cool off this summer? Pools, spray parks and splash pads abound across the borderland, and the city is working to create more water fun.
The city of El Paso is investing some $25 million from the 2012 quality of life bond to build neighborhood waterparks, which will include slides, lazy rivers, toddler pools, climbing walls, lap pools, cabanas and concessions, among other amenities.
Three of the waterparks recently broke ground and are under construction:
• Lost Kingdom Neighborhood Waterpark, Ross Middle School, 6101 Hughey in Central. The Mayan-themed waterpark is set to open summer 2020.
• Camp Cohen, old Cohen Stadium site, 9700 Gateway North, in Northeast. The sports-themed park is scheduled to open in summer 2020.
• Chapoteo / Mission Valley: Lionel Fort Park, 7735 Phoenix. Family fiesta theme, summer 2020.
Other waterparks in the works include:
• Oasis / Eastside: East Side Regional Park, 13501 Jason Crandall, Hueco Tanks themed, summer 2020.
• Westside: Site/name to be determined when funding is identified and available.
In the meantime, check out what’s up in water fun around the city:
CITY SPRAY PARKS
Now open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily through Oct. 30. Free admission. Info: 915-212-0397 or elpasotexas.gov/parks/aquatics.asp.
Braden Aboud Spray Park
El Paso Zoo (splash pad)
4001 E. Paisano
Grandview Spray Park
Hidden Valley Spray Park
200 Coconut Tree
Marty Robbins Spray Park
11600 Vista Del Sol
Pavo Real Spray Park
Salvador Rivas Jr. Spray Park
12480 Pebble Hills
San Jacinto Plaza (splash pad)
114 W. Mills Downtown
Sue Young Spray Park
Westside Park Spray Park
7400 High Ridge
*All spray parks have sun screen dispensers available courtesy of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation.
CITY INDOOR POOLS
Open varying hours for lap and recreational swimming. Admission: $3 adults; $2 children, seniors. Check out the schedules on page 24. Info: 915-212-0397; elpasotexas.gov/parks/aquatics.
Armijo Aquatic Center
911 S. Ochoa
Delta Aquatic Center
Hawkins Aquatic Center
Leo Cancellare Aquatic Center
Marty Robbins Aquatic Center
11600 Vista del Sol
Memorial Aquatic Center
Pat O’Rourke Aquatic Center
901 N. Virginia
Therapeutic & Instructional Aquatic Center
Veterans Aquatic Center
William Cowan Aquatic Center
CITY OUTDOOR POOLS
The city’s outdoor pools are open during varying hours. Admission: $3 adults; $2 children, seniors. Schedule and info: 915-212-0397; elpasotexas.gov/parks/aquatics.
Grandview Aquatic Center
Nations Tobin Aquatic Center
Pavo Real Aquatic Center
COUNTY OUTDOOR POOL
Ascarate Swimming Pool
Noon to 5 p.m. weekends starting May 26; Monday to Friday June 3 through September.
Admission: $3 adults; $2 children under 17, seniors, military, first responders and county employees. Info: 915-771-2380.
Open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday from June 1 through July 31; Saturdays only in August.
Admission: $4 general public; $2 SISD students with ID or report card. Info: 915- 937-0544.