Cooling off guide: As the heat goes up, residents can bring their temperatures down

Children play at the Water Tower Plaza in the Heritage District in Gilbert.n

Children play at the Water Tower Plaza in the Heritage District in Gilbert.n

The trick to living in a desert city in the summer is knowing coping strategies for how to cool off. Here are some ways to do that.


Public pools
Greenfield Pool

35 S. Greenfield Road, Gilbert
480-503-6206
www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/aquatics/greenfield-pool
Cost: $1 (age 17 and under), $3 (age 18 and over)
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 1-4:30 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.
Punch cards: $25 for 30 visits (age 17 and under), $25 for 10 visits (age 18 and over)
Features: zero-depth area, kiddie slide, tumble buckets, water sprinkler, geysers, diving boards and shade ramadas
Programs: public swimming sessions, youth swim and dive teams, swim lessons, junior lifeguard programs and aquacise classes
Season: May 25-July 27






Mesquite Aquatic Center

100 W. Mesquite St., Gilbert
480-503-6206
www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/aquatics/mesquite-aquatic-center
Cost: $1 (age 17 and under), $3 (age 18 and over)
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 1-6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.
Punch cards: $25 for 30 visits (age 17 and under), $25 for 10 visits (age 18 and over)
Features: zero-depth area, kiddie slide, double water slides, diving board, shade ramadas, concession stand and play mushrooms
Programs: public swimming sessions, youth swim team, swim lessons, junior lifeguard program
Season: May 25-July 27






Perry Pool

1775 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert
480-503-6206
www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/aquatics/perry-pool
Cost: $1 (age 17 and under), $3 (age 18
and over)
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 1-4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.
Punch cards: $25 for 30 visits (age 17 and under), $25 for 10 visits (age 18 and over)
Features: zero-depth area, diving boards, play features, tumble buckets, splash pad, shade ramadas
Programs: public swimming sessions, youth swim and dive teams, swim lessons, aquacise classes
Season: May 25-July 27






Williams Field Pool

1900 S. Higley Road, Gilbert
480-503-6206
https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/aquatics/williams-field-pool
Cost: $1 (age 17 and under), $3 (age 18 and over)
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 1-4:30 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.
Punch cards: $25 for 30 visits (age 17 and under), $25 for 10 visits (age 18 and over)
Features: zero-depth area, diving boards, play features, tumble buckets, splash pad, shade ramadas
Programs: public swimming sessions, aquacise classes, swim lessons, youth swim and dive teams
Season: May 25-July 27






Splash pads
Water Tower Plaza

45 W. Page Ave., Gilbert
480-503-6200
www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/parks-facility-and-sport-field-rentals/parks-infomation/parks/water-tower-park
Cost: free
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Features: splash pad, spinning granite ball water feature, water wall, informal stage with grass amphitheater, water tower, historic adobe pump house, cafe tables






Santan Village
2218 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert
480-282-9500
www.shopsantanvillage.com/services#amenities
Cost: free
Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-6 p.m.
Features: covered play area and splash pad
Parking: splash pad is near Build-A-Bear Workshop and the Disney store, so parking is best near Dillard’s






Water parks
Golfland/Sunsplash

155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa
480-834-8319
www.golfland.com/mesa
Cost: free (infant admission up to 12 months), $5.99 (toddler admission 12-35 months), $21.99 (evening admission Sun.-Thu. after 3 p.m., Fri.-Sat. after 4 p.m., after 2 p.m. when park closes at 5 p.m.), $28.99 (junior admission age 3 and older up to 47 inches in height and senior admissions age 60 and over), $33.99 (general admission)
Hours: Opens at 11 a.m., closes 6 p.m. Sun.-Tue. June 2-July 30; closes 10 p.m. Wed.-Sat. June 1-July 27, Aug. 3; closes 6 p.m. May 29-May 31, July 4 and 31; closes 5 p.m. July 10, Aug. 1-2, 4
Features: 29 water features, including slides, rides, wave pool, activity pool, toddler tadpole pool, water play area and lazy river
Season passes: $69.99 (four or more or renewal from 2018 season), $74.99






The Oasis


8000 Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix
602-438-9000
www.arizonagrandresort.com/oasis-water-park
Cost: free to Arizona Grand Resort guests
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. through Sept. 2
Features: thrill rides, wave pool, Zuni River with rolling effects, spray deck with heated pool, heated pool





Lakes
Bartlett Lake

20808 E. Bartlett Dam Road, Rio Verde
480-221-0503
www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recarea/?recid=35333
Camping: yes
Cost: $8 (per vehicle), seasonal passes available, other fees may apply to some activities
Marina hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.







Canyon Lake

16802 AZ-88, Tortilla Flat
480-288-9233
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recarea/?recid=35545
Camping: yes
Cost: $8 (per vehicle), seasonal passes available, other fees may apply to some activities
Marina hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.






Saguaro Lake
14011 N. Bush Hwy., Mesa
480-986-5546
www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recarea/?recid=35547
Camping: yes
Cost: $8 (per vehicle), seasonal passes available, other fees may apply to some activities
Marina hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.






Other spots
AZ Ice Gilbert

2305 E. Knox Road, Gilbert
480-503-7080
https://azice.com/gilbert
Cost: public skating free (age 3 and under), $5 (active military), $6.50 (seniors 55-plus and veterans), $8.50 (child), $9.50 (adult); skate rental $3.50
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 6 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; see website for daily public skating schedule
Programs: youth and adult hockey, figure skating, power skating, speed skating, learn to skate






Salt River Tubing


9200 N. Bush Hwy., Mesa
480-984-3305
www.saltrivertubing.com
Cost: $14 (without tube rental), $17 (with tube rental)
Hours: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., last tube
rental 1 p.m.


By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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