Spray Park 101
Spray Park Considerations
Every spray park or splash pad project is made up of a number of different parts and systems in addition to the play equipment itself. All of these need to be considered before you build to help make your spray park a success. Contact PlayQuest and book a consult today! We have representatives in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario and are happy to help you through the planning process!
1. Water Play Products
This is the one of two major components of the overall of your water play installation and what the users of the spray park interact with and see first.
Splash park equipment should be selected keeping in mind the purpose of your specific spray park and taking into account location things like expected number of users, location, budget, staffing, and utilities.
2. Water Management
Your spray park’s water management system is the second major component of any installation, one that can vary greatly. Flow through systems, where the water comes from a municipal water system and then returned to a municipal treatment system, are the least expensive and simple to operate. A high capacity recirculation system, on the other hand use less water but can add complexity and cost to the project but are the right choice for many projects.
3. Concrete Deck
In addition to providing a structural base for the water play products, the textured, brushed surface of the concrete is a key component of nonslip surfacing.
4. Splash Pad Surfacing
Surfacing options for your splash pad range from non-slip paint or rubberized coatings to pigmented concrete, where the color is an integral part of the concrete itself, with some variation in the cost. We are a fan of rubber surfacing for splash pads and pool decks.
The principle installation crew is responsible for installing the water play products and water management system.
- Setting & Leveling features
- Piping of all water play products
- Connecting to the appropriate water management system prior to the concrete being poured
- Excavation / grading
- Water, Sewer and Electrical Connections
6. Design Services
Locating and fitting the spray park into the existing landscaping and utilities can be a challenge. Professionals that can assist with landscape architecture and engineering are often needed to assist with tasks.
The spray park must be connecting to the water supply, sanitary sewer and be provided electricity to operate the equipment. The location and availability of these services need to be determined and then considered when making the selection of the type and size of spray park you will want to build.
8. Other Amenities
Depending on location, capacity and climate, park planning may consider amenities like shading, benches, seat walls, picnic tables, restrooms and parking.
The spray park will need to be operated and taken cared of for the life of the installation. Someone will need to be responsible for items such as maintenance, energy, administration, monitoring, and operating the park.
View our spray park FAQ’s for our answers to some of these questions.
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