Spray Play In America

These structures have many different names—spray grounds, spray parks, sprinkler pads, water parks, splash pads, or any mix of the above. No matter the name, spray grounds have continued to gain popularity over the last decade. While spray grounds are most commonly found in public park and recreation agencies, the private sector has begun building spray grounds, which are usually found in campgrounds, YMCAs, commercial water parks, hotels and resorts, and community subdivisions.  Benefits For All The community benefits of …

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3 comments on “Spray Play In America

  1. Thomas Teslicka , Superintendent City of Marietta on said:

    Is there a state certificate, or specialized training required for those that will be responsible for the water treatment and testing at a splash pad park? I have had arguments with my staff and my Boss, and am being told that a certified person is not required to operate a splash park. We are in the process of installing a splash pad park in one of our older parks that will be demolished soon. But I feel that there should be a “trained” person in water treatment to take care of the park. I’m being told that we’ll just put a maintenance person in the park.

    • rauth on said:

      Thomas — I don’t know of one off-hand, but will have our editor check it out. If you want to communicate directly with her, you can send her a note at editor@northstarpubs.com. Thanks!

    • Joey Cullen on said:

      Thomas – In Illinois the regulations for spray grounds are still a little unclear and from my understanding, some other state’s are in a similar situation. I would suggest that at least one person is CPO or AFO certified as spray grounds have chemically treated water. It’s not as complicated as a full blown pool, but basic pool knowledge will go a long way in successfully operating a safe spray ground.

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