N.O. Simmons Park Hours of Operation:
Dawn to 10:00pm
The City of Ingleside’s N.O. Simmons Park
The Ingleside N.O. Simmons Park is the centerpiece of the City of Ingleside’s Parks. Located just off Highway 361, the park features a walking / running track, lots of playground equipment, sports fields, and a large pavilion. The park plays host to many of Ingleside’s events, including Movies In The Park and Ingleside Round Up Days. But the two most popular features are the Skate Park and the Splash Pad!
The Ingleside Skate Park
The Skate Park is the heart of N.O. Simmons Park. The 15,000 square foot, lighted, concrete park has been described by pro skaters as one of the best public skating parks in the state of Texas. The Skate Park is free to the public and it’s open from dawn until 10:00 p.m. every day. The entire skating area is fenced for protection of the skaters and spectators alike.
Skaters, here’s what you need to know: The Skate Park includes two bowls of differing shape and depth. The amoeba bowl is finished with pool coping and tile. The shallow end is 6 feet deep with 6 inches of vert. The bonus pocket is 8 feet deep and the deep end is 10 feet deep with a foot of vert. The flow bowl is a mixture of pool and pipe. It varies in depth from 4 feet to 8 feet with an over vert pocket. The larger of the two bowls includes three entry channels, a step-up pocket as well as the over-vert pocket. The design extended the walls around the flow bowl, so boards from the street course don’t go flying into the bowl. The street area has some excellent features that make it fun for both the beginner and the experienced skateboarder. This portion of the park is an assortment of hubba ledges, rails, grind boxes, stairs, a funbox, and a big hip.
The Skate Park was designed by the Site Design Group Inc. of Tempe, Arizona. The Architect was Turner Hickey And Associates and The Marshall Company Of Corpus Christi was the general contractor. The Skate Park is built above ground because the area water table is very close to the surface, so the raised berm stands approximately nine feet above ground. The park opened on January 14th, 2005 and was dedicated on March 19, 2005.
To see pictures from the Skate Park’s opening year, click this link:
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The Ingleside Splash Pad
The Ingleside Splash Pad is the newest and most popular addition to the City of Ingleside’s N.O. Simmons Park. The Splash Pad is free to the public and it’s open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. every day during the summer. There is a covered pavilion with picnic tables next to the Splash Pad so parents can sit and watch their children in the shade.
A splash pad combines the sensations of water movements and interactive play elements in a safe “zero-depth” water play area. The play area is constructed on a concrete slab covered in rubberized, non-skid, paint with various water features that spray water in different patterns and directions, cooling off visitors and providing for hours of fun.
There is a silver button in the middle of the splash pad where you turn it on. It will shut off after 4 minutes and will turn back on once they push it again. It is recirculating water with a UV system. The system has an alarm that will shut off the Splash Pad if the chemicals drop below or above the safe level.
The Splash Pad will be open for the long south Texas summer this year until October 1st. If there is ever an issue with the Splash Pad, call the Parks Department at 361-776-3438 during office hours, or call the non-emergency Police number at 361-776-2531 after hours. You can also send us a message on Facebook.
The Ingleside Splash Pad celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, June 24, 2017. The splash pad is the first of its kind for Ingleside and made possible with a portion of the $7,000,000 2015 Bond.