|A splash pad or spray pool is a recreation area, often in a public park, for water play that has little or no standing water. This is said to eliminate the need for lifeguards or other supervision, as there is little risk of drowning.
Typically, there are ground nozzles that spray water upwards out of the splash pad's raindeck. There may also be other water features such as a rainbow (semicircular pipe shower), or mushroom- or tree-shaped showers. Some splash pads feature movable nozzles similar to those found on fire trucks to allow users to spray others. The showers and ground nozzles are often controlled by a hand activated-motion sensor, to run for limited time. The water is either freshwater, or recycled and treated water, that is typically treated to at least the same level of quality as swimming pool water standards. These splash pads are often surfaced in textured non-slip concrete or in crumb rubber.
Parks and Recreation has used a process to not only determine where to put these Splash Pads but also how to use this unique opportunity to make significant impact to the locations in these neighborhoods. In other words, what other amenities can be added around the Splash Pad to increase the impact and meet the needs of the residents that have been expressed.
Parks and Recreation considers several factors to best determine the improvements and investments in neighborhood parks and facilities. These factors broadly include:
Need which looks at the volume and variety of use of the park, Community input and the potential to make significant improvement to the space through investment. It also considers the need to provide quality public green space which is directly related to health.
Opportunity is the feasibility of the project. It looks at the ability to construct and maintain, considers how this investment fits into other projects in the city, and again the social, environment and economic impact for residents is considered.
Through public input and working with our community partners (DRF - Opportunity Neighborhoods, Community Development, and The Health Collaborative) it has been determined that Third Avenue is a very good location for the Splash Pad in the northern part of the City. By making the investment in this location, it opens up opportunities for future improvements such as a walking track and picnic shelter that have been requested by the community.
A location for the Southern Splash Pad has not yet been confirmed. Staff will present different options in the work session.