No need to sweat the hot El Paso days.

Chances are there's a spray park or pad near you. City spray parks have quickly become a destination place for family picnics and outings.

There are a total of 8 scattered throughout El Paso, one in each of the City Reps Districts. So pack up some snacks, sunscreen, and a few towels, have the kids throw on their swimsuits and swim diapers, and get to splashing.

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In addition to numerous water features, they all have a shaded area and picnic tables and best of all, they're all free to use and open to the public.

West: Westside Community Park, 7400 High Ridge Dr.
Upper Valley: Braden Aboud Memorial Park, 4325 River Bend Dr.
Central: Grandview Park, 3100 Jefferson Ave
Lower Valley: Hidden Valley Park, 200 Coconut Tree Dr.
Lower Valley: Pavo Real Enhanced Park, 9301 Alameda Ave
Northeast: Sue Young Park, 9730 Diana Dr.
East: Marty Robbins Park, 11600 Vista Del Sol Dr.
Far East: Salvador Rivas Jr. Park, 12480 Pebble Hills Dr.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through late October or early November, depending on the weather.

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San Jacinto Plaza

The historic Downtown park also offers a respite from the summer heat, but on a smaller, less tricked out level. No water buckets and fountains here, just cooling water jets shooting randomly out of the ground. Free to use, and open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through late October or early November.

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El Paso Zoo

The Hunt Family Desert Spring is an interactive water play area with gushers, spray tunnels, tower sprays and several other water features. Use of the pad is free with paid admission. Open daily during zoo hours.