Geographical areas that experience their version of “warm weather”, whether that be a few hot months of summer, or relatively mild temperatures nearly year round, are most likely familiar with the concept of a nearby cool-off zone. For many decades, that has meant a community pool where residents and families could gather to seek relief from the sun and expend summer-weather energy.
Public pools, however, have some inherent limitations. Members of the community most likely vary widely in age, from very young children to teens and their parents, grandparents, and caregivers. As a result, the interests of these different ages are varied and require a more complex play experience. Toddlers are able to be more adventurous at a splash pad than at a pool as they aren’t required to know how to swim or be a certain height in order to maintain proper safety levels. Children of all abilities would have the opportunity to engage with splash pads, especially those from Aquatix® by Landscape Structures which are made designed specifically to cater to different ages and abilities. This is not always true for pools. Gentler water experiences like misting and bubbling water may entertain young participants while jets and waterfalls keep older children and teens entertained and cool.
Splash pads can also be beneficial when considering the cost and maintenance of the area compared to a pool. Adding a splash pad to a community area undoubtedly brings value to that area. They can be visually exciting and are more visible than the traditional swimming pool, attracting families to come and explore the community. They can be added to already existing facilities like parks to revitalize an keep the area and create a destination location for repeat guests interesting over time.
Generally, the investment of a splash pad is less than a swimming pool. Since they do not generate standing water, there is far less risk for drowning, negating the need for fencing, signage, and lifeguards which are both initial and ongoing costs to consider.
For cities where public pools are not a viable option, Aquatix splash pads can bring value, fun, and interest to an area that may otherwise have no water play. Children of all abilities and many ages are able to enjoy the benefits of water play while landscape architects and designers are able to take more creative liberty in designing an area that is just as visually interesting as it is fun.