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Pioneer Park-Splash Pad

Pioneer Park Splashpad has been updated since our first post. While most of it remains the same, the ground is no longer the rubbery break away material. It is still a little bit springy, but does not have the same texture.

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A few of the fixtures were taken down (one that was a hiding wall from the spray guns) but most things remained.




If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Pioneer Park Yet, you really don’t know what you are missing. I did an earlier post on just the playground itself, so I will only focus on the splash pad for this post. Click here to read about the playground.

I decided to take the kids one afternoon the the splash pad to check it out, and then giggles fell asleep on the way there. I was in mid panic mode, I have to say. Do we keep on going or deal with a cranky almost three year old? Well, we pressed on and the splash pad was so much fun she barely screamed. Well, barely meaning as soon as she started running around she stopped. Haha!

The splash pad is mostly covered with these beautiful shades that face west. So, if you go in the afternoon your child should be mostly in the shade while playing ! How perfect is that? No need to lotion up to get it all rubbed off anyhow!



If you are the first person at this park, this pole is your friend- It is towards the north side of the splash pad. This is how to turn this gadget on. It seems like it should be easy, right? Well, its finicky, I think. the little silver circle in the middle seems to be the sensor. So-hold your thumb on it for a few seconds. Rubbing this didn’t seem to work. Just laying your fingers over it was the key.

Not everything turns on at once. There are a few different water features that rotate through. This can cause some frustration for the little ones who are standing near their favorite water feature and it doesn’t immediately turn on. They will get over it!


This water wheel was fun to watch! I didn’t stand under it, but the water seems very strong. Be careful if you have little ones.


There were also little buckets that toppled, the water bridges and lots of spouts of water from the ground and other interesting plastic/metal pieces. There are also two water guns. Those get a lot of attention and a line!


I thought these looked like palm trees. So much fun!

The floor is all rubbery so there isn’t a real need for water shoes (like if your kids lost one on the way to the park in the car!). There are also benches for parents to sit by the splash pad in the shade. I saw a few people bring in their own folding chairs which I thought was brilliant! Much more comfortable than those benches, and you have the ability to make sure you are in the shade. You cannot bring your own canopies though, which is unfortunate as there is a great grass area behind the splash park.

I love this park and can’t wait to go back again. The children easily went from the splash pad to the playground and back over and over again. This is a park you could seriously “park” yourself at for a whole day, especially if you bring a cooler with food and drinks!


The Basics

Pioneer Community Park

Peoria, AZ 83rd and Olive


This park includes:
Baseball Field, Concession Stand, Dog Park Onsite, Greenspace, Picnic Benches, Ramadas, Restrooms, Rubberized Surface, Slides, Splashpad, Swings, Toddler Friendly, Walking Paths


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  2. Cheryl on March 31, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    When does the splash pad open or is it open year round? I went on the website and there is no mention of it anywhere as to when in the seasons the splash pad is closed and reopens.

    • Vicki on March 31, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Cheryl
      The Splashpad generally opens the third Monday in April! Goodyear Splashpads open the Third Monday in April as well! They close the third Monday in October 🙂

  3. april on May 28, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Is pioneer park doing the friday nights with the splash pad staying up until 10 have a dj n food trucks

  4. Cindy on June 2, 2018 at 11:20 am

    What about times? What’s the earliest you can go?

    • Vicki on June 2, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Hi Cindy. 2018 times are 10am-8pm. I do not post times in my reviews as they are apt to change 🙂

  5. Holly on July 12, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Hi. We love this park. Have you visited after 5PM? We rented a Ramada, #7 for a birthday party, wondering if we’re gonna have shade. It’s the one right next to men’s bathroom, close to parking lot. Thx.

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