Wet and wild: Water features make a summertime splash at suburban spray parks

 
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Once upon a time, when kids wanted to cool off on a hot summer's day, they slipped into their bathing suits, set up a sprinkler in the backyard and ran through the cold water, laughing and screaming.

Nowadays, that concept has been improved upon -- or at least made more dramatic -- with splash pads that provide the same thrill in much fancier settings.

The pads seem to be everywhere in the area. And on a hot July afternoon, they provide the perfect setting to have a laugh -- and, of course, a splash.

Allan Ramos, 10, cools off at the Phillips Park Splash Pad in Aurora.
  Allan Ramos, 10, cools off at the Phillips Park Splash Pad in Aurora.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Jackie Arreola and her daughter, 15-month-old Aliyah, enjoy the splash pad at the Hub at Berens Park in Elmhurst.
  Jackie Arreola and her daughter, 15-month-old Aliyah, enjoy the splash pad at the Hub at Berens Park in Elmhurst.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Manny Garay, 5, gets a bucketful of water as he plays in the splash pad in West Chicago's McCaslin Park.
  Manny Garay, 5, gets a bucketful of water as he plays in the splash pad in West Chicago's McCaslin Park.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Ashley Oswald, 2, plays in the splash pad in McCaslin Park in West Chicago.
  Ashley Oswald, 2, plays in the splash pad in McCaslin Park in West Chicago.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Isaac Perryman, 9, celebrates at the Dragonfly Landing splash park in Lisle.
  Isaac Perryman, 9, celebrates at the Dragonfly Landing splash park in Lisle.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Fabian Orizaba, 6, cools off in the water spray park in Lombard.
  Fabian Orizaba, 6, cools off in the water spray park in Lombard.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Hot weather brings a crowd out to the Turner Park Splash Pad in Roselle.
  Hot weather brings a crowd out to the Turner Park Splash Pad in Roselle.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
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