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The Second Annual Parks & Rec Business Zero-Depth Interactive Aquatics Playground Report

Last month, we sent out surveys to companies who provide zero-depth interactive aquatics playground equipment to parks and recreation professionals.

These aquatic play features are steadily becoming one of the hottest amenities at parks, recreation areas and aquatics facilities, and Parks & Rec Business magazine will continue to cover this growing trend throughout the year.

What you’ll find here is a breakdown of each company’s offerings into products and prices, product features, mechanical and physical installation requirements, type of surfacing and contact information.

Go to www.parksandrecbusiness.com to view the entire report, which includes products and prices, product features, whether the products are designed for indoor or outdoor use or both, design services offered, software offered, mechanical and physical installation requirements, type of surfacing, minimum age/height requirements, warranty policies and contact information.

While you’re at the Web site, don’t forget to browse past issues, download helpful forms and join us at the Parks & Rec Business magazine Bulletin Board.

We’ll publish an annual update each year to keep you informed of changes and upgrades. Your input is valuable and we invite you to let us know if there’s any other information we can help provide.

Aquatic Recreation Company

Products and prices: Aquatic Recreation Company designs and manufactures more than 40 water play elements for zero-depth spray grounds. Features include creative interaction, multi-user interaction and participation, age-appropriate play and accessibility. Contact the company for pricing.

Product features: ARC offers either stainless steel or fiberglass reinforced plastic structure fabrications. This allows designers and owners the flexibility to choose their desired fabrication material based on budget, environment and public accessibility concerns. All ARC structures have a multi-step finishing system that is specifically designed for chemically treated water and UV protection against fading. ARC water formations are uniform because all water elements have internal manifolds and baffles to eliminate distortion due to flow directional velocity. ARC promotes environmentally responsible spray ground facilities by offering recirculation systems. These systems allow for enhanced water play without wasting tens of millions of gallons per average seasonal use. ARC says its UL-listed recirculation systems provide water quality management with filtration, sanitation and system controls.

Mechanical requirements for installation: All features have Installation, Operation and Maintenance Manuals available for instruction in the mechanical installation of the features.

Physical requirements for installation: Each feature requires a minimum splash zone along with overall height and width requirements. All features must be plumb in accordance with specific Installation, Operation and Maintenance Manual recommendations. All above ground features are flange mounted and all ground sprays are imbed in concrete. A thickened slab is required at all feature locations.

Contact information: Aquatic Recreation Company, 5810 Baker Road, Suite 125, Minnetonka, MN 55345-5903, (877) 632-0503, (952) 345-6445, (952) 345-6444 (fax), gstoks@arc4waterplay.com, www.arc4waterplay.com

Aquajeux

Products: Aquajeux has been in the business of producing zero-depth aquatic features since 1993. Its line of ground sprays, above ground structures and interactive water toys now include seven climbable non-slip Aquapets for younger children.

Product features: Aquajeux delivers municipal grade aquatic features. Water usage, treatment choices and recirculation efficiency are important and the reason why Aquajeux pre-assembles and pre-tests water management systems.

Mechanical requirements for installation: Accommodates specific site constraints by offering several possible systems configurations.

Physical requirements for installation: Concrete pad properly graded for drainage.

Type of surfacing: For most applications, Aquajeux recommends a broom finished concrete pad with mixed-in colors for aesthetics. However, for its Aquapets, it strongly recommends rubber surfacing.

Contact information: Aquajeux International Inc., 287-A Wilfrid Laurier, St-Basile, Qc, Canada, J3N 1M2, (888) 441-2040, (450) 441-2040, (450) 441-7091 (fax), info@aquajeux.com, www.aquajeux.com.

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