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Water Park Equipment: Spray Park Planning



How do I get started?

Survey and photograph the site. Determine the location and availability of water, electricity, and drainage. Identify the predominant wind direction, observe the use of adjacent areas, consider emergency access and ensure visibility for supervision. Determine if the park will be a controlled area or in an open park setting.



How much space is required?

The average spray park is 230 sq m (2,500 sq ft), however, individual components can be installed on pads that are 27 sq m (300 sq ft) up to 930 sq m (10,000 sq ft). Spray parks will accommodate 1 child per 2 sq m (20 sq ft) on average. This number is influenced by design.



Who is a zero depth spray park for?

A Water Splash zero depth spray park – splash pad is safe fun for everyone, because water is drained away before it can accumulate, thereby eliminating the risk of drowning. Spray parks cater to children of all abilities, aged 2 to 12 years.



When can a spray park be used?

Depending on the park location, the operating season will vary. The advantage of a spray park is that the operating season usually extends beyond that of a typical outdoor pool.



What type of water supply is needed?

The amount of available water and the supply line size will influence park design. Consider tapping into the municipal water supply and draining the water back to a holding pond for irrigation, otherwise, the water will drain to the sewer. Research local by-laws and health codes: they may influence your ability to re-use water. Ordinarily, for a spray park using municipal water service, a 5cm (2″) supply line is sufficient. Water service lines may range from 1.9cm to 10cm (3/4″ to 4″). Regulate water pressure to avoid water harming or disorienting a child.



Do you offer treated water systems?

Due to strict water conservation policies, many areas are required to install a treated, re-circulating water system. In order to maintain proper sanitation and public safety standards, the area must be managed similar to any public swimming pool. Contact Snider & Associates for Treated Water Systems information and for further details.



How much water is consumed during operation of a spray park?

Water Splash products are offered with several options to accommodate your park design. Use our programmable touch screen controllers to get the most efficient use of every drop of water. A treated water system will utilize approximately 85-95% less water than a similar sized potable water system.



What types of approvals and permits are needed?

A design specialist will be required to provide full design drawings, including a Landscape Architect and a Civil or Mechanical Engineer. At a municipal level, your working group may include professionals from Finance, Public Works, and the local Health Department. A Civil Engineer should also be involved to approve the construction of the concrete footings and slab.