When the heat of summer hits, it’s time to head for the water. “Our city’s fountains and splash parks represent free family fun at its finest,” says Kim King, recreation and administration manager of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. Here are three area favorites to try. Follow @COSFountains on Facebook and Twitter for weather closures and info throughout the summer.
The Watering Hole at John Venezia Park
Since opening in 2017, the Springs’ newest park has been a hit, thanks especially to its large, uber-popular sprayground and splash pad. The Briargate attraction delivers big splash for even the littlest, all in keeping with the park’s ranch theme. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3555 Briargate Pkwy.
Uncle Wilbur Fountain at Acacia Park
Outside of performance times, the Uncle Wilbur Fountain appears to be just a large blue bubble set on a colorful mosaic pedestal. But several times an hour during summer, the blue dome raises as Uncle Wilbur, his dog and sousaphone come to life playing music and spouting water at kids and park visitors. Open daily, noon-6 p.m.
115 E. Platte Ave.
Julie Penrose Fountain at America the Beautiful Park
You can’t miss the four-story, circular Julie Penrose Fountain, aka the Continuum, standing on the edge of downtown—especially when its 366 water jets are spraying. The structure rotates about four times per hour as kids and adults splash and wade below the sleek representation of life-giving water movement between the earth and atmosphere. Open daily, 11 a.m to 5 p.m.
126 Cimino Dr.