Fountains of Youth

Products and prices: Empex’s latest line is Aquatons — spray features with “limitless” variations. Interactive Watertoys include Waterbikes, Watertotters, Watershooters, Splashing Treefrogs, Tippin Toucans, Squirtin’ Frogs & Whales, Kidspumpz, Jungle Jetz, Funny Fish, Butterfly Splash, Baby Bungee and Groundjetz. Contact company for pricing.

Product features: Aquatons and interactive Watertoys are created from composite and specialty plastics offering a lifetime guarantee against corrosion. Shapes are round with no sharp edges, protrusions or entanglement hazards and are ergonomically designed for children of all ages up to 12. Much lighter than steel, Empex products are “contractor friendly” with no complicated embedded anchors or complex foundations. Flange covers are provided on all products to eliminate exposed fasteners.

Mechanical requirements for installation: Water availability and mechanical requirements vary with each installation. Waterbikes, Watertotters, Watershooters, Squirtin’ Frogs & Whales and Kidspumpz all have their own pumps and do not require a piped-in waterfeed. Six to eight inches of water is all that is required for operation.

Physical requirements for installation: A concrete slab, level or sloped is required for securing the products. Many products have their own pumps and can be retrofitted into existing shallow pools.

Type of surfacing: Surfacing varies with each installation, depending on water depths. Non-slip EPDM rubber surfaces are available for Spraypark applications and deck areas around pools to minimize fall hazards and to create graphic designs.

Contact information: Empex Watertoys, 591 Albright Rd., Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada L9P 1R4, (905) 649-5047, (905) 649-1757 (fax),,


Products and prices: GTH20, ground-level aquatic activities. Components can be configured to meet a variety of budget/price points.

Product Features: Flush-mounted jet inserts; above-ground anchoring components constructed of non-corrosive material; removable base design for winterization, repair or reconfiguration; integrated pressure regulator with the manifold; stainless steel construction; brass spray jets; U.L.-listed programmable control system; various shapes and activities.

Mechanical requirements for installation: Must meet city and local codes for electricity and water. Certified electricians and plumbers required for site work. Available for installation with either city water or recyclable water systems.

Physical requirements for installation: Must be installed over a concrete pad and properly graded for drainage.

Type of surfacing: Brushed concrete, roll-on deck-type coating or poured-in-place rubber surfacing installed over a concrete pad.

Contact information: GameTime, 150 GameTime Drive, Ft. Payne, AL 35967, (800) 235-2440,,

KoalaPlay Group

Products and prices: WaterColors, Superior Foam, Classic Water Play and Spray Pool Components. Please call for quotes as they vary with the product.

Product features: Interactive WaterPlay, standard or uniquely-themed models available. WaterColors also offers seamless expandability, modular flexibility, reduced-cost in installation and is an ADA-compliant water play structure.

Mechanical requirements for installation: Varies with product.

Physical requirements for installation: Varies with product.

Type of surfacing: Brushed concrete surface. Padding required at end of slides.

Contact information: KoalaPlay Group, (888) 214-9698, (303) 539-8300, (303) 539-8399 (fax),,

Rain-Drop Products LLC

Products and prices: Interactive and non-interactive spray grounds and water playgrounds available in a variety of configurations, with separate components available.

Product features: Interactive by individual manipulation by the child — gravity controlled and computer controlled activity.

Mechanical requirements for installation: Complete re-circulation system packages are offered.

Type of surfacing: Non-porous per ASTM new standard.

Contact information: Rain-Drop Products LLC, PO Box 781, Ashland, OH 44805, (800) 343-6063, (419) 207-8902,

Vortex Aquatic Structures International Inc.

Products and prices: Product lines include Seeflow; Columns, Arches & Loops; Thrills ‘n’ Spills; Water Cannons; Multi-Activity Centers; Ground Sprays; Silverflow Series; Pool & Waterpark Features and Activators. Each product category has a number of individual components. Contact Vortex for product specifics and prices.

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