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NEIGHBOURHOOD SPRAY GROUNDS
CONSTRUCTING SAFE WATER PLAY PARKS THAT OFFER UNIVERSAL ACCESSIBILITY
A custom ﬁltration
system was installed,
along with a chemical
controller and ultraviolet
(UV) light sanitizer, at
the Parkdale Splash Pad
in Belleville, Ont.
Photos courtesy Acapulco
Pools Ltd. (Water features
by Rain Drop Products)
BY FRANCINE GALL
Pool & Spa Marketing
S plash pads transform imagination into
new dimensions by delivering adventure,
visual excitement, and creative fun for
children of all ages. In fact, these
features are becoming one of the most
popular ways to cool oﬀ on a hot summer
day. They can be found at local neighbourhood
parks, community centres, and family campgrounds.
Splash pads are everywhere and their popularity can
be attributed to the fact they are the safest water play
option, which also oﬀer universal accessibility.
Children of all ages can get hours of enjoyment out
of spray grounds. Therefore, the goal of any builder
is to ensure each splash pad is designed and built to
the highest standards of safety and longevity.
■ CONSTRUCTION CONSIDERATIONS
There are several construction considerations that need
to be made when installing a splash pad. The most
important is ensuring all the water drains appropriately.
If it does not, it can become a safety concern.
Therefore, the concrete pad should slope so it
drains properly without leaving any standing
water—even 25.4 mm (1 in.) of water is considered a
drowning hazard. Further, the concrete ﬁnish has to
be just right, as children of all ages will be running
barefoot on the pad. There is a ﬁne line between the
ﬁnish being non-slip, but also not too abrasive on
the feet of bathers.
The underground plumbing used for splash pad
construction is typically schedule 40 or 80 polyvinyl
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