If you are looking for a park near ASU in Tempe, this is place to go! Whether you are looking to shoot a few hoops, have the kids run around or find the small splash pad, this park is conveniently located on 5th Street and S Hardy Drive, and shares the parking lot with the Westside Multi Generational center.
Parking is luckily off street, but most likely gets pretty full when it is hot (as there is a splash pad). As of 2017, Tempe Beach splash area has not been completely renovated, so this may offer another option to get your cool on!
The splash are has a few different features (two rings and two water cannons). The switch for the splash pad is near the brown sign (behind the red “tunnel” at the right of the picture). The splash pad is concrete, but the play areas near the playgrounds have rubberized surfaces. Bring your water shoes!
Two ramadas are also available-one near the tot lot which is behind the splash area, and one near the big kids play area.
Unfortunately, the tot lot which is directly behind the splash area is full of sand. And, I know my fellow parents of wee ones, sand and water can be great fun or a horrible mess. I can see great castles being built in the tot lot-but just beware of sandy suits coming home!
The tot lot area in the back has a couple of cute features, including a fire truck dramatic play area.
Munchie did mention that there was no steering wheel in the fire truck, which disappointed him!
Two sand diggers, a teeter totter and two baby swings-and a whole lot of sand!
And this sweet 1980s looking ride to bounce on (right near the splash pad)
And the big kahuna of the park-or “Slideville” as I may ccall it. SOOO many slides. If you have a kid that likes sliding, this park is definitely for you. It also had a barrier free ramp (with rubberized surface to the ramp, nearest the bathroom).
There were a ton of things to climb, the tic tac toe boards and animal matching, as well as the small rock walls.
Some of the areas were toddler friendly, especially with the ramp. Just watch those stairs and drop offs from the rubberized surface to the sand.
There was also a tire swing that was pretty sad. It was very, very low and kind of misshapen. My kids really tried to get it to work!
And there was a cool teeter totter type thing. No need for two people to use it, but looks like it could be a killer leg workout for moms.
So, if you have a kiddo that loves sand and slides, this is your park. If you want your kid to be sand free, dry and not in the sun, you may want to skip it. There were bathrooms, and there was a big green area as well as lit basketball courts a small baseball field (watch for incoming balls in the park) and a sand volleyball court that was also lit.
Jaycee Park and Splash pad
5th Street and S Hardy