Several places have a “fun time in the sun” summer planned around east Texas and although summer officially kicked off June 21st, there are still many long days of summer to be had.
Fun Forest Pool and its Spray Ground
The Fun Forest Pool and its Spray Ground is located at 900 N. Glenwood Blvd. This is an Olympic-size pool fitted with Hayward pool pump that was built in 1938 as a Works Progress Administration project and is offered to the City of Tyler residents. Admission to the pool is free to the public, but there is a suggested donation of $2 per adult and $1 per child under 17. Children 13 to 18 can come without an adult if their parent or legal guardian first fills out an emergency card for the pool to keep on file. An adult must accompany children under 12. Lifeguards are on duty.
They are open throughout summer. It is open 1-6pm Tuesday-Thursday and 1-7pm Friday and Saturday. Admission for lap swimming is 6-8pm Tuesday and Thursday.
Faulkner Park Spray Ground
The city’s free Faulkner Park Spray Ground, located at 410 W. Cumberland Road, is open 9am-9pm daily. Admission is free. It has a spray ground that is operating daily 9am-9pm all summer.
Set up next to the traditional playground, the water feature provides a fun place to cool off. The sprayground is open May through October and is free to the public.
Woldert Spray Ground Park
Woldert Spray Ground Park, located at 701 W. 32nd St. in Tyler, is a free admission pool, but because of its size, is limited to only 75 swimmers at any time. However, if you arrive and the pool is at capacity, you can still cool off because there’s a spray ground located right next door. The pool is open daily, except for Sundays, through August.
Bergfeld Park Iconic Seal Spray Ground
Although it is debated whether the fountain is a seal or a dolphin, patrons certainly do not mind and the Bergfeld Park seal fountain has been a local’s favorite summertime hangout for many their entire lives. Many of us remember playing at the park and enjoying the shaded cool sprayground featuring the iconic seal in the middle. The park is spacious with abundant shade making an ideal location for events such as charity runs and craft shows.
Bergfeld Park is centrally located off Broadway Avenue and College Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. For navigation systems, use 1510 S. College Ave. This neighborhood park offers picnic areas, restrooms, tennis courts, playground, a recently remodeled amphitheater, and of course, the Dolphin Fountain.
Whitehouse Splash Park
Whitehouse Splash Park is located at 309 E. Main in Whitehouse. Open until September, this enclosed park has a zero depth splash pad that creates loads of fun for children and relaxing times for adults. The park has two large covered pavilions, lots of lounge chairs, restrooms, and a concession stand with a variety of drinks and snacks.
There is a daily charge of $2 for all who enter the park. Reduced rates are available for groups and family season passes are available for purchase.
Park hours are 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday.