Kennedy Water Playground & Splash Pads

South Bend Venues Parks & Arts has eight splash pads across the city in addition to the water playground in Kennedy Park.

Kennedy Water Playground

This zero-entry water playground is geared for toddlers through elementary-aged children. This pool is 18 inches at it’s deepest point, and is perfect for children to come play in the water.

Reservations to the Kennedy Water Playground can be made upon arrival. Concession stands are available inside Kennedy Water Playground and outside food and beverage (non-alcoholic and non-glass) is permitted. Dogs are not permitted at Kennedy Water Playground during the summer season. However, Drool in the Pool will take place on the closing day of Kennedy Water Playground. The date for this pup-friendly event September 2 .

Get unlimited access all Summer long to Kennedy Water Playground!

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Splash Pad Locations

Southeast Park 
Southeast Park has the largest splash pad in the city. It is located between Fellows and High Street on the South side of South Bend. This splash pad stands near the Southeast Park’s pavilion and playground.

Coquillard Park 
This small splash pad is next to the half court basketball and tennis courts. There is also a pavilion with some picnic tables nearby.

Charles Black Community Center 
In the spacious LaSalle Park, there is splash pad near the playground area and not too distant from the pavilions that can be rented for parties and special occasions.

O’Brien Park
The splash pad in O’Brien Park is right beside the skate park. It has a small covered area with a picnic table for the parents to sit and enjoy the weather while the children play in the jets of water.

Pulaski Park
Enjoy this beautiful new park full of great amenities along with a fun new splash pad!

Potawatomi Park
 Among the picnic tables and beside the universally accessible playground, the newest splash pad in the system is placed between the shaded trees of Potawatomi Park and within walking distance from Kids Kingdom.

Fremont Park
Fremont Park is considered a block park, which is a smaller location containing limited amenities such as playgrounds.

Howard Park
The Rask Family Fountains are a 1,500- square foot interactive series of water fountains and jets. In regular mode, the fountains doubles as a play area where people can interact with the water. When in show mode, the water feature transforms into a nighttime attraction with a colorful light show and impressive bursts of water.

Potawatomi Pool

While Potawatomi Pool is currently closed, VPA is diligently planning for the future of this well-loved city asset. Please stay up-to-date on community planning meetings for Potawatomi Pool’s future on this webpage. Thank you for your flexibility as our department navigates the current closing of our favorite pool.