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New Splash Pad Opens In Bridgeton Next to the Free Cohanzick Zoo

My Oldest showing his brother all of the water features at Bridgeton's new Splash Pad.

My oldest showing his brother all the water features at Bridgeton’s new Splash Pad.


Bridgeton’s newest attraction opened Saturday, June 1st, next to the Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton City Park, and we were there to check it out for the grand opening.


There’s a little bit of everything to get the kids soaked and keep them cool on a hot summer day. The Splash Pad covers 7,500 square feet including a 2,334 square foot spray deck with 28 fixtures. The venue will also feature a washroom facility, concession stand, outdoor shower, 2 pavilions, benches, lighting, and sitting areas where parents can sit in the shade and keep an eye on smaller children.

Some of the features of the Bridgeton Splash Park are:

  • ladybug sprayer
  • 2 water canons,
  • buckets that fill up and dump
  • piano with sprayers
  • water wheels
  • zoo theme throughout the spray area

A 4,000 gallon tank supplies a full recirculation system and water quality will be constantly monitored and treated accordingly from a control panel that allows operators to control such aspects as spray zones and start and stop times.



What you need to know about the Cumberland County Splash Park:

  • The Bridgeton Splash Park is in the Bridgeton City Park, next to Cohanzick Zoo in Cumberland County.
  • The Bridgeton Splash Park is open Memorial Day to Labor Day (weekends only while school is in session).
  • After June 24, 2013,
    • Open Daily 10 am-5 pm for three 2-hour sessions daily. 10 am-Noon, 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm, and 3 – 5 pm.
    • In July and August, an additional session may be added from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • All patrons must exit the fenced area between sessions. The max capacity of the Splash Pad is 100, so make sure you get there at the beginning of each session to maximize your play time and ensure yourself a spot.
  • The Splash Park will open if the temperature is at least 78 degrees according to
  • The park will close in the event of threatening weather.
  • The park is also available for private events or birthday parties. Contact the Bridgeton Recreation Department at 856-453-1675 M-F 8:30-4:30 for more information, permits, or questions.
  • Admission was free until June 20. The cost is $2 per person/2 hour session.


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Monday 27th of July 2015

Flip-flops are not allowed, you must have water shoes to enter the splash park.


Monday 15th of July 2013

Went today with my toddler grand-daughter and my friend and her two young grand-children. We ALL HAD A BLAST!! This park is truly a jewel. I have never been to a "splash park" before and I was very, very impressed with this one. We will definitely be returning. EVERYTHING was great---the staff was attentive and all of the children in the park were very friendly and respectful of the little ones. Whoever invented parks like this is a genius, and kudos for all those responsible for bringing such fun to Bridgeton! I have a feeling that the zoo is getting a lot more foot traffic since the Splash Park has been open, which is also terrific.


Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

Looks fun for little kids..Kinda wish they had stuff for teenagers to do there. I cant bring my youngest son while my teenager sits there being bored..I need to find something for all age groups.

Melissa Hemple

Saturday 22nd of June 2013

The Bridgeton Splash Park was only free until the local schools got out, which was June 20th. The Splash Park started charging admission as of today, June 22nd. Please call the splash park for more on costs or hours. 856-369-6791 or the recreation office (mon-fri) 856-453-1675 for private party permits or questions on policies. Also, you can get more information on the CITY'S WEBSITE at - M.Hemple, City Rec Director

Kerri P

Monday 24th of June 2013

It would have been nice to clarify BEFORE admission started being charged that it was NOT, in fact, free for the "first 30 days" as was directly quoted by the Mayor in this initial write-up covering the opening of the Splash Park.

It was embarrassing, as a parent, to show up Sunday (after checking as many online sources as I could find, in the absence of a dedicated FB page or other city page) with no cash on-hand and two small children anxious to play. Luckily I was able to scrounge up the $6 admission (for my 2 children and myself) out of change in my car. The attitude of the youngsters working at the park left more than a little to be desired as I informed them that I read at LEAST two times in different online course that there was no admission charge for the month of June. If that was not going to be the case, it should have been CLEARLY disseminated in the paper or other media BEFORE June 23 (the actual day I was told by the young lady working there that they "were told" to collect fees).

while it ended up being a fun time for my children, it was irritating that the only information available on the Splash Park (including direct quotes from the mayor) were false. Honestly, based on that alone, the fees should have been waived until proper info could be distributed to residents.

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