Location: 12474 Harris Rd, Pitt Meadows. Click for map.
Parking: There is a free lot behind the Pitt Meadows Visitor Centre. You can access it from Harris Road by turning east onto McMyn Road. The playground, splash park and pool are located in the treed area just east of the skate park.
- Airplane themed splash park, including many different large and small spray features.
- Small outdoor pool (with admission fee - see below).
- Climber for preschool and school aged children - including straight slide, twisty slide, ramp, ladders, fireman pole and monkey bars.
- Wobbly balance beam and toad stools.
- Log roll structures.
- Climbing dome.
- Four seater frog-themed teeter totter.
- Two baby and two regular swings.
Outdoor pool admission rates and hours:
- Open July 1 to September 1.
- Hours of Operation: 12:30 to 4:00 PM and 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
- Child (3-12): $1.76
- Youth (13-18): $2.37
- Adult (19-59): $3.03
- Senior (60+): $2.37
- Family: $6.68
- Annual passes are available.
- Swimming lessons are available and are booked through the Arts & Recreation Guide.
- DEAL ALERT: Admission is FREE on Canada Day (opening day).
- Note that children under 7 must be accompanied at all times by an adult (16+).
Splash Park Hours:
- Open the first weekend in June through Labour Day.
- Hours of Operation: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
- Admission is free.
- If the water is off just find one of the little "pedestrian" buttons to press to turn it on. I love how the city chose to use these to conserve water.
Shade: Large, spaced cedars provide quite a bit of shade depending on location and time of day. The splash park is less shaded than playground and picnic area, which is nice on days that aren't too hot (the spray park water is chilly!).
Seating: About 8 picnic tables and several benches scattered throughout.
Toilets / Facilities: Yes - flushing toilets and changing facility. Water fountain located in between the men's and women's washrooms.
Ground Cover: Bark mulch / wood chips in playground. Pavement and rubber footing in splash park. Large grassy areas surrounding.
Surrounding Area: Small treed area (good for hide and seek!), several baseball diamonds and soccer fields and a large, well maintained skate park.
Child Review (2.5 years old):
My daughter enjoyed testing her balance on the wobbly balance boards and toad stools. She also liked racing down the slide. It wasn't quite warm enough for the spray park but, like any kid, she was pretty keen on trying it out... next time!
Harris Road Park features a reasonable sized playground structure which is partially shaded for most of the day. There is also an airplane themed spray park and a small outdoor pool. With several uncovered picnic tables within the surrounding treed area, this park is a very popular destination on warm summer days. Often times it is tough to find a spot to set up camp on sunny weekends and is a very popular summer birthday venue. Why wouldn't it be with so much free entertainment?!
I love this park on quieter weekday mornings because we can easily spend a few hours burning off energy without running out of things to do. Often times we will bring a picnic or pick up sandwiches at the Lunch Doctor, which is just down Harris Road.
We haven't been able to try out the spray park yet this year but I am excited to since my daughter is more capable of navigating through the more rambunctious older kids. The spray park isn't the greatest place for new walkers as it is often crammed with kids who are having way too much fun to pay attention to what they are doing (or who they are stepping on!). If you want to take your really small kids for a splash outside then I would highly recommend Maple Ridge Park Spray Park because the toddler and "big kid" areas are separated by a small pathway.
The outdoor pool is small and nothing spectacular but given the alternatives in the eastern part of the Lower Mainland I don't think that you can find much better. Sometimes it's nice to just sit and cool off in the water - that's about all this pool is good for unless you happen to pop by during a quiet time (which isn't often). When we visited last year I felt a bit like a sardine in a tin of water. Like I said though, unless you're willing to drive to Vancouver to check out Second Beach Pool or Kitsilano Pool you've just gotta suck up the squeeziness and enjoy the sunshine!
Overall Rating: Excellent - one of Ridge Meadows' finest and most fun summer playgrounds. There's something for everyone and you could easily spend the day here with any age of child. However, be aware of crowds settling in around lunch time during hot summer days... go early to get a shady spot or picnic table!