Splash Pad Feature: Bartholomew Park

Austin splash pads can be finicky and are sometimes (frequently?) not operational when you arrive to play. Last summer, Bartholomew Park Splash Pad in Northeast Austin topped the list for the number of breakdowns. For that reason this year, for the summer season, Bartholomew Park has a City of Austin Aquatics worker onsite seven days a week, to keep things up and running.

The splash pad, located just east of IH-35, near Dell Children’s Medical Center, is a fun spot to cool off. The jets shoot water high into the air, and kids are guaranteed to get wet.

When kids push the red button, pictured below, the water feature will operate for 15 minutes.

Are you looking at these photos and lamenting the lack of shade?  Never fear! Bartholomew Splash Pad will be closed today and tomorrow as workers construct a shade structure.  The splash pad is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 9 a.m. (Scroll to the bottom for a photo of the new shade.)
Bartholomew Park also offers three playground areas, and two swing sets, but only one play area is shaded by trees.  The City of Austin Aquatics worker onsite the day we visited said there is a plan to construct a shade over one of the larger playscapes later this summer.
Want to see the splash pad in action? Here are 6-second videos of the splash pad and the largest play area.



Bartholomew Splash Pad is open seasonally, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Update 7/30/13: I stopped by Bartholomew Park today to check out the new shade.  Here it is!

Bartholomew Park
5201 Berkman Drive
Austin, Texas

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Heidi Gollub
Heidi Gollub is the founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning website Free Fun in Austin.com. When not running around on adventures with her five children–ages three to 15–she volunteers for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and shares content with the local news.  Recently, Heidi was a speaker at Mom 2.0 and the Texas Conference for Women.