Splashing Good Times

Kids have fun in a safe, unstructured environment.

Less time is required to upkeep the system, and the need for trained staff and lifeguards is lessened, therefore reducing labor costs.

The structures are built to be durable and resistant to vandalism, making repairs and parts replacement minimal.

An increasingly popular option to generate revenue from–or to simply cover the costs for–splash pads is the “pay for play” concept. By charging minimal or no fees to residents, and slightly higher fees to non-residents, spray parks can deliver funds to a department. Considering that pools often have entry fees, visitors are typically willing to spend the money for this experience.

Grow With The Flow

Communities looking for ways to provide water recreation might not be able to build water parks and swimming pools, but they can provide a splash pad relatively easily. One advantage splash pads offer is they are scalable to a current financial situation, and can be expanded as funds become available.

Interchangeable anchoring systems, along with careful planning during the design phase, allow a community to add a splash pad that fits within a budget, while having the capability to add new play products at a later date, stretching the overall cost over several years.

The anchoring system is put in place during the construction phase; the necessary piping is installed, and the unused anchor points are covered with spray caps until new features are ready to be installed. This allows communities to enhance and alter a splash pad over the years by interchanging elements within one splash pad, or even switching products from one splash pad to another one in the community. This refreshes the experience of users without additional cost.

Patricia Rotschild is the Marketing & Design Specialist for Vortex Aquatic Structures International.

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