Finding Water in the Desert- A Search to Cool Down as it Heats Up

splash pad


“Please mom, I want to go swimming” was my son’s request.

With the recent rise in temperatures, I understood completely and I agreed as well, but he was looking for results not agreement. The problem is we don’t have a pool at our house and I know we are not alone.  This is one suggestion for the Vision Fountain Hills Committee to add to the TO DO list for our town (I hope everyone filled out the survey, to make our town even better). But in the meantime, with the kids’ summer break around the corner, I thought to compile a list for the water lovers of Fountain Hills.

Places to Beat the Heat

Locally, we have our lovely Splash Pad at Fountain Park which opens from 9 am to Sunset.  It is a lovely way to cool down after a walk around the park, a bike ride or playing at the playground. Although almost everyone can use it, it is especially fun for young children.

Someone once said (as I was running through the variety of sprinklers, getting drenched as I carried my son) we both had the same exact look of ‘wild abandon’. We were smiling and laughing like lunatics as water poured over us. My son was slightly apprehensive at first, but I picked him up and showed him how to play in it. I can’t keep him out of it now.

Another local place to get wet is at Peaks Athletic Club off of Saguaro. They have lessons for all ages that will run from May through August. My son loves Dawn, the swim coach; she has cultivated him into a great swimmer and has a way with the children.

For additional fun you may have to go a bit out of Fountain Hills to get wet.

Fort McDowell Resort and Casino has We-Ko-Pa Resort. There are 2 heated pools, 2 Jacuzzis, a small splash pad, and even a small hotel gym that you can pay a monthly (no contract) membership (single, family, or seniors) to use. You are also able to order food and drinks at their outdoor bar/service area. This is one of our favorite places to go, it is like you’re on vacation, but can zip home to sleep in your own bed. Surprisingly, it is rarely crowded unless it is a holiday. It is definitely one of the best kept secrets in the area.

Another fun location is McDowell Mountain Ranch Park and Aquatic Center at 15525 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale. It has lap lanes open at the moment and come weekends in May, their family fun area opens with a Lazy River, Kiddie Pool, Large pool and Slide. It offers swim classes and a swim team as well.

I know further out there are many more places to swim, but if you know of any other opportunities to get wet nearby please comment, so we can all play with wild abandon…



Peaks Athletic Club
12545 N Saguaro Blvd Fountain Hills
(480) 816-3348


Fort McDowell/We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
10424 N Fort McDowell Rd, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
(800) 843-3678


McDowell Mountain Ranch Park and Aquatic Center Recreation Center
15525 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale
(480) 312-6677

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