Although it was still quite fresh in the past few days, summer is nevertheless approaching with great strides. And that means again this year: "Water march!" on Frankfurt's water playgrounds. Only a few more days, then it starts. From 16 May, five of the seven water playgrounds will be open daily until mid-September. But only as long as the weather cooperates and the daytime temperature is at least 25 degrees Celsius. In case of rain, storm or thunderstorm warnings, the bathing fun falls into the water.
But if the weather plays along, splashing bathers can look forward to the facilities in Günthersburgpark, Niddapark, Tannenwald, the Louisa facility and the paddling pool on the Lohrberg. Safety is important for this free leisure activity: the city's health department regularly checks the water quality of the facilities. If the quality does not meet standards, then the facilities are issued.
To keep the facilities intact, the Parks Department asks that a few rules be followed: Toddlers should wear swim diapers when splashing, sunscreen should be used in moderation, and bicycles and running wheels are inappropriate for water play. Also, swimwear is an absolute must in the water pools: The fibers of street clothes come off in the water and quickly clog the filters. These then have to be cleaned at great expense. And that has the consequence, what now really nobody wants: The facility must be shut down.
The water playgrounds in the parks and at the city forest have a long tradition in Frankfurt. The first one already existed in 1927, a paddling pool in Lohrpark. Since then they have been a popular alternative to the swimming pool and give children great pleasure summer after summer.
The following times are generally in effect for the 2019 season:
Niddapark: daily from 10 am to 6 pm
Günthersburgpark: daily from 11 am to 6 pm
Fir Forest: daily from 10 am to 6 pm
Louisa: Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lohrpark: always in operation