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Spray Parks and Splash Pads for Kids in the South Hills of Pittsburgh

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By Emily Papa, Publisher of Macaroni Kid South Hills March 10, 2021

There are SO many spray parks, splash pads or playgrounds with water features for kids in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas that are completely free and totally fun!

Cool off during hot days from late spring to early fall at Pittsburgh's coolest aquatic facilities—"spray parks!"

You don't need swimming skills to enjoy the spray parks. From the tiniest toddler to a pre-teen adventurer, and even those using wheelchairs, children of all ages and abilities enter with equal enthusiasm.

Let your imagination run wild, as movement sensors cause sprayers to magically turn on and off in this three-dimensional world of water. It's guaranteed to bring back memories of running through sprinklers...but this time with a lot more fun, color and movement; and, it's FREE!

While we have rounded up the spray parks we love in the South Hills, we've also included some of our favorites that are worth the drive. 

  Macaroni Mama tip- some advance planning goes a long way when heading to a splash park. Have your kids wear a bathing suit under their clothes and crocs or water shoes if they have them. Pack an extra set of clothes (including socks, underwear and shoes), towels, sunscreen, proper cleanup and equipment for possible sand play, and lots of water bottles and snacks to avoid hangry kiddos. We love to see photos of your kiddos having fun so if you visit one of the Pittsburgh splash parks on our list, be sure to snag a photo and use the hashtag #macaronikidsouthhills for a chance to be featured on our social media!

*****Due to COVID-19 safety measures, some of these spray parks may be closed for the season or operating under reduced capacity. Please always confirm hours with venue prior to arriving.*****

1. Beechview Spray Park | Vanucci Playground
Corner of Orangewood Avenue & Westfield
Beechview, PA  15216

Perfect play date spot for smaller kiddos with a playground and spray park. Spray park includes dumping water buckets, rainbow sprayers, daisy showers and more. The park is enclosed with a large grassy area for your picnic blanket or to let your toddler run around. Let the bigger kids explore the tree covered hill behind the playground and climb some trees. Lifeguard on duty at 10am. 


2. Mellon Spray Park
6601 Fifth Avenue
Shadyside, PA

Assorted playground equipments sits atop rubber flooring with various sprinklers and water buckets in the spray park. There are benches surrounding the spray park where parents and spectators can stay relatively dry while watching. 

3. Moore Park
1801 Pioneer Ave
Brookline, PA  

Moore Park is a Pittsburgh City Park that is not only home to a splash park but a children's playground, Olympic sized pool, water slide, ball fields and more. MORE INFO

4. Wiltshire Park
McMurray Road 
Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

This playground was designed for kids ages 5-12 years old but has plenty of qualities that the whole family will love and is absolutely a kid fan favorite in the South Hills. There are tons of slides, play towers attached by wobbly bridges and accessible by ladders, rock walls, and climbing nets. There's a covered pavilion for packing lunches, indoor bathrooms, a frog water feature and a sandbox! In addition to the playground there is a creek that the kids can play in.  

5. Arlington Park
1523 Fernleaf Street
South Side Slopes, PA  15210

6. Round Hill Park
651 Round Hill Road
Elizabeth, PA 

Another Mac Kid Reader Favorite, Round Hill Park is located in Elizabeth Township and known mainly for their exhibition farm with animals that is open daily, year round and their awesome spray park. MORE INFO

7. Troy Hill Spray Park | Cowley Playground
1200 Goettman Street
Troy Hill, PA 15212

Troy Hill Spray Park is a Pittsburgh city fav and often referred to as a hidden gem in Troy Hill. Lots of on street parking with a playground and splash park that kids of all ages will enjoy. 

8. Warrington Spray Park
329 E. Warrington Avenue
Beltzhoover, PA

Located directly behind the Warrington Community Center, this fenced in spray park includes a water dome, misters, sprinklers and has a lifeguard on duty during spray park hours. If you happen to be there when the lifeguard not and need to turn on the water, locate the short blue pole with red cap at the front of the park and press down on the top.

9. The Plaza at PPG Place
Third Avenue
Downtown Pittsburgh, 15222

The water feature will typically operate from 6am-10pm daily, however, from 6am-6pm Monday through Friday the water feature is available for viewing only. Interactive hours are Monday through Friday from 6pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10pm.

10. Moon Park
1350 Ewing Road
Moon Twp, 15108

Fantastic playground connected to the spray park. Moon park itself is massive with a pond, walking trails, picnic areas and more! MORE INFO

11. Leetsdale Splash Pad | Henle Park
Leetsdale, 15056

This is one of our favorites, located right down the street from Sewickley Village. The large spray park is right next to the playground. Bring a stroller and some walking shoes, so you can walk to the village for some sweet cold treats after! MORE INFO

12. Burgwin Park
328 Mansion Street
Hazelwood, PA  15207

Large fenced in splash park with plenty of picnic table seating surrounding it. The Playground is right next to the splash park.

Here are some other great playgrounds that may not necessarily be Spray Parks, but do include a water feature of some sort:

Boyce Mayview Park, Upper St. Clair - easily our favorite playground, this park features various water misters throughout the playground area. 

North Strabane Park, Canonsburg - tons of playgrounds in one area with a water feature next to the big pavillion. 

Clair Park, Upper St. Clair - cute little park with a sprinkler.

Chartiers Playground, Windgap -  Circular fountain type splash pad at the edge of the playground. 

Swisshelm Playground, Swissvale - small egg shaped splash pad.


Please note this guide is continuously updated. If there is a Pittsburgh park closure or something we are missing, please email emilyp@macaronikid.com with the information.