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The Community Foundation Switchyard Plaza Spray Pad is open daily, May 28 through September 5, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. with free admission.


The restrooms at the Community Foundation Switchyard Plaza remain open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The spray pad at Switchyard Park officially opened on June 30, 2020. Nearly 90 nozzles and misters spray water into the air. 

Admission to the spray pad is free. 

The spray pad is an accessible facility that gives visitors of all abilities an opportunity to interact with the water, which is treated in a closed, chlorinated system similar to those used for swimming pools. The spray pad uses a closed system of about 3,500 gallons that recycles water; new water is only added to replenish water lost to evaporation. The spray pad uses multiple filter systems including a basket filter, sand filter, and UV filter.

To request the use of an aquatics wheelchair for use in the spray pad, call 812-327-7621. Aquatics wheelchairs are available 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benches on each side of the spray pad provide convenient seating.

  • The spray pad is unsupervised. Use at your own risk. The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation assumes no liability for injuries in this non-supervised facility. (Indiana Code 34-13-3-3)
  • Spray pad capacity is 226
  • Anyone who has or has had diarrhea in the past two (2) weeks shall not use the spray pad.
  • Anyone who has an area of exposed subepidermal tissue, open blisters, cuts, etc., is advised not to use the spray pad.
  • All persons shall take a cleansing shower before using the spray pad. A bather leaving the spray pad to use the toilet shall take another cleansing shower before returning to the spray pad.
  • Spitting, spouting of water, blowing the nose, and similar behavior at the spray pad is prohibited.
  • No running or rough play is permitted at the spray pad, on the runways, in dressing rooms, or in showers.
  • Street clothes are not allowed in the spray pad.
  • All diaper-aged children shall use plastic pants with tight fitting elastic at the legs and waist, or swim diapers.
  • Do not change diapers at the spray pad platform area. Changing diapers near the water increases the risk of fecal contamination and is a violation of the Indiana State Health Code. Please use the diaper changing stations in the public restrooms.
  • Children under age 10 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Spray water is not for drinking. There is a water fountain at the spray pad restroom building.
  • Spray water is not to be used for bathing.
  • The following are NOT permitted at the spray pad:
    • balloons
    • profanity
    • food
    • glass containers
    • smoking and vaping
    • illegal drugs
    • alcoholic beverages
    • amplified music
    • advertising, including but not limited to posters, fliers, banners, and yard signs
    • pets
  • Report abuse, behavioral misconduct, or maintenance issues to the following agencies:
    • Emergency: 911
    • Bloomington Police Department dispatch 812-349-3304
    • Bloomington Parks and Recreation 812-349-3700.