Water Features

Hold the splash! But just for a little! A few of our outdoor water features are closed this summer – Discovery Canyon, Rotary Recreation Park wading pool, and Centennial Plaza Park fountain/wading pool – but we’ve lots of other great options available.
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Bower Ponds

Location: 4707 Fountain Drive
About: Paddleboats, kayaks, canoes and water balls are available for rental in the warm summer months.
Hours of Operation: See the Bower Ponds web page

Blue Grass Sod Farms Central Spray and Play

Location: Northwest corner of Rotary Recreation Park.
About: Pack a lunch, lay a blanket or bring your favourite lawn chair while your kids spray and play at this popular railway and river-themed Rotary Recreation Park feature with full water filtration and disinfection system.
Hours of Operation: Now open for the 2016 season and operating extended hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting.

Centennial Plaza Park spray fountain/wading pool

Location: Alexander Way (48 Street) and 52 Avenue.
Hours of Operation: Centennial Plaza Park spray fountain/wading pool will remain closed, pending redesign and redevelopment of the entire area over the next few years.

Discovery Canyon

Location: River Bend Recreation Area, 3.5 km north of 30 Avenue from 67 Street.
About: 
Features a tube run and a beach-like wading area. Tube rentals, playground and concession are also available. This feature’s water is not treated as it is sourced naturally from the Red Deer River.
Hours of Operation: Discovery Canyon is closed for the 2016 season for major enhancement work. Reopens 2017.

Kin Kanyon spray fountain

Location: Just off 32 Street on 47 Avenue in the Kin Kanyon picnic area.
About: This feature is drained and cleaned every night around 6 p.m. The water used in this play area is the same treated water that we all get from our taps.
Hours of Operation: Scheduled to open mid-June. Usually remains open until after the September long weekend. Open on days when the temperature is 18 degrees Celsius or higher, with winds less than 20 kilometres per hour.

Recreation Centre Outdoor Pool

Location: 4501 - 47A Ave
About: The Recreation Centre outdoor pool is a perfect place to beat the heat with family and friends. Features a 50m, six-lane pool as well as a zero depth leisure pool with children's slide and three spray features, and large deck area with numerous chairs and loungers available for public use as well as a few tables and stationary benches.
Hours of Operation: Open June 1 until after the September long weekend.

Things to Note

  • As part of our sustainable, long-term planning for outdoor recreation, Rotary Recreation Park wading pool, which has experienced ongoing maintenance issues, will be closed permanently.
  • Centennial Plaza Park spray fountain/wading pool will also remain closed, pending redesign and redevelopment of the entire area over the next few years.
  • Discovery Canyon will reopen in 2017 after it undergoes significant enhancement work this season to its beach, streambed picnic areas and playground. 
  • Don’t forget all the many great splash opportunities available indoors! There’s G.H. Dawe Community Centre and Collicutt Centre water parks*, as well as the Recreation Centre indoor pool and the Michener Aquatic Centre.
    *The Collicutt Centre water park is open until September when it closes for 10 weeks (until Nov 10) for a much needed refresh!

More information on these closures can be found by reading the Interactive water features closures and alternatives this summer news release.

For more information about water features in Red Deer's parks or to report any issues, call the Parks Amenities Section at 403-342-8299. For information on Discovery Canyon, call Recreation at 403-309-8418.

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