Beat the summer heat; play in the water!

Date Modified: Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:41am

Wide shot of Big Splash Water ParkAn interesting fact about Arizona - and something that separates it from most other states - is that a large percentage of residents weren’t born in the state. Most of these “transplants” were probably told at some point, and in some fashion, about the incredibly hot Arizona summers. “It’s a dry heat” starts to lose its luster after about 30 (or 60) consecutive days over 100 degrees.

But there are fun ways to combat the intensity of the summer temperatures; and there’s nothing quite like the feeling of jumping into the cool water when the mercury hits triple digits. Anthem residents of all ages beat the heat by enjoying water features throughout the community.

Splash Pads

Not everyone loves the hustle-and-bustle of the pool and water park. For some, sitting in the shade while the kiddos frolic in the water is a little less overwhelming. That’s the appeal of both local splash pads. Visit either Adventure Playground’s splash pad in Community Park (8 a.m.- sunset) or the splash pad at Liberty Bell Park (10 a.m.-sunset).

Both offer exciting water features and newly refurbished surfaces. Remember though, that these areas are hot to the touch, so water shoes are recommended – as are sunscreen and bottled water to stay cool. No other food or drinks, please, and leave the pets at home!

Swim Lessons in the Lap Pool

The pool provides a place of fun and relaxation for resident members and their guests. But did you know that it’s also a place where children can learn to swim and learn about water safety, and where our recreational and competitive teams practice? Throughout the summer, courses and programs are offered that introduce the youngest of Anthem’s residents to the water.

Anthem Swim University offers top-level instruction led by the award-winning aquatics staff at the Community Center. The curriculum offered is nationally recognized and helps children gain trust and comfort around the water. There are two more sessions available in July. 

Big Splash Water Park

Thousands of Anthem residents and their guests enjoy the water park each summer. Park-goers can stand under the big red bucket as it dumps more than 200 gallons of water every four minutes on folks, take a ride on the water slides, or just wade in the water to stay cool. Before the busy summer season gets into full swing, the water park received some much needed TLC. Both slides were disassembled, cleaned and re-caulked, and some pieces were replaced.

The water slide platform was reinforced for safety, the bucket (as always) received a fresh coat of red paint, new shade sails were installed around the park to help staff and guests stay cool, and permanent fencing replaces the previous temporary fencing. The water park opens one hour early on Thursdays during the summer, from 9-10 a.m., for those residents with special needs. No music plays over the system during this time; lifeguards are on duty.