Safe Wet Playgrounds And Water Parks

Water parks and wet playgrounds typically have automatic testing and chemical feeder systems that maintain the proper chemical and pH balance in the water. Additionally, pool technicians perform multiple daily physical checks of the water to verify that equipment is working properly.

“We test the water frequently to make sure the chemicals are in the proper state-regulated ranges,” says Bradley. “The filtration system also helps keep the water clean, and we follow the guidelines from the manufacturer on how to clean the filters. Plus we are constantly vacuuming and sweeping the pools.”

“It is important to have a daily routine that is monitored and checked,” says Lawrence. “Diligent logs and accurate accounts of daily activities, including incidents, accidents and the back-of-house pool systems, are important to keeping a water park safe and operational.”

Going For A Ride

Rides at water parks range from smaller water features in toddler areas to the high-thrill fast slides for older kids. Experts agree that the water park or wet playground must be designed to fit the market, and that means careful attention to ride selection and safety.

At Great Wolf Lodge, foam landing crash pads are at the end of the slides to increase safety. The Great Wolf Lodge’s Mason, Ohio, location has fast thrill rides, which attract an older audience.

In contrast, wet playgrounds usually attract a younger audience. “We created separate areas for small kids versus larger kids,” says Mowery. “We have toddler areas with smaller water features and a controlled entrance and exit. School-aged children are not allowed to participate in this area.”

Mowery also advises that wet playground features be kept on the ground or as close to the ground as possible, and to avoid ladders, steps and slides because these areas have the highest level of injuries. In areas where there is a potential for a fall, install cushioned safety surfaces according to specifications.

Safety’s The Goal

The goal of wet playground and water park safety is for everyone to have an enjoyable time. With proper planning, maintenance, staff and protocols, this can happen.

“Make it fun for people, including the staff, management, guests, and parents and kids can relax and enjoy the place,” says Lawrence. “When employees enjoy working at the water park, the guests are going to have a really good time.”

Tammy York is the president of LandShark Communications LLC in Greater Cincinnati. She left her state public-relations position to pursue her passions of outdoor recreation and marketing. Her upcoming book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Cincinnati, is due out in spring 2009. You can reach her at

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