Designing a Spray Park

Designing a Spray Park

Water Park Equipment: Designing a Spray Park

Who designs a Water Splash Spray Park?

A licensed Landscape Architect, Architect or Engineer is required to design the park. The design professional will work in conjunction with Snider & Associates to fulfill requirements for construction plans.

What concept amenities are included in the design?

Design considerations may include park access, availability of bathrooms and change rooms, drinking fountains, benches and litter receptacles and adequate shade structures. Comfortable seating for parents and caregivers may be as simple as surrounding the park with grassy knolls.


What about Fencing?

In an open park setting, a fence should only be used to separate the play space from any potential hazards. It is important to avoid restricting the flow between viewing parents and the children at play. In most regions where recycled water is in use or where there is more than 5cm (2″) of water accumulating, a fence is required as the area may be deemed a “pool” or “wading pool”.

Spray park themes?

Theme and Graphics Local, cultural, historical or geographical influences can help establish a theme for the park. Enhance the play value of your spray components with custom graphics.



The timeline for design and construction of a spray park is between 2 to 12 months. Following color selection and deposit received, Water Splash can have components ready for your project in 6-8 weeks.

Sample Stages

  • Step 1 – Permits and bylaw requirements, components, theme and water supply choices are considered – client and designer responsibility.
  • Step 2 – Final component selection submitted to Snider & Associates.
  • Step 3 – Site drawings with services identified and grading plan submitted to Snider & Associates by local engineer or Landscape Architect.
  • Step 4 – Proposed design drawn up by Water Splash, including a concept layout, conceptual pad layout, component placement with dimensions and a piping plan.
  • Step 5 – Complete construction drawings and engineer-stamped spray park grading plan.
  • Step 6 – If final design is approved by client and Landscape Architect, then order is placed to start production. Colors and final graphics are also submitted.
  • Step 7 – Water Splash can provide contractor with advanced shipping of anchor hardware.
  • Step 8 – Contractor installs footing and prepares site for component installation.
  • Step 9 – Mechanical workbook completed by Water Splash for water consumption and sequencing.
  • Step 10 – Water Splash manufactures components.
  • Step 11 – Water Splash components are shipped via ground transport.
  • Step 12 – Contractor receives components and installation begins.
  • Step 13 – Grand opening

Spray park surfacing

The surface of a spray park is as important as the selection of toys. Check with your local health department’s swimming pool deck specifications. Choose a nonporous surface to prevent mold or other biological organism build-up , and non-slip to prevent injury. To meet sanitary health standards in most jurisdictions, the surface must be impervious to water. To prevent injury with a hard surface, avoid elevated surfaces, climbable areas, trip points or overhead obstructions within the spray zone.

  • Concrete. Broom finished concrete is the most widely used spray park surface. It is the least expensive option and is easy to clean. Colouring, stamping, or acid etching can enhance the theme of your park.
  • Rubberized surfaces Although very popular, rubberized surfaces provide a false sense of security, have much higher maintenance costs and are difficult to clean.

Surface Slope

Slope surfacing toward drainage areas of the park and accommodate possible over-spray due to wind. Preferred grades of spray parks are 2% to 5% with a 6.5% maximum in wet areas. Where walkways slope away from the spray park, be certain to provide adequate drainage in the adjacent soft landscape. A meandering drainage channel flowing through several play stations can increase the overall play value.

What is an overspray zone?

An overspray zone is typically 1.8m-2.4m (6-8 ft) wide and it acts as a buffer between the wet-deck and the surrounding landscape. Predominant wind direction is a factor in planning the space required for an overspray zone.

Water drainage

Water drainage is as important as water supply. Provide an overflow drainage system to limit water depth to 5cm (2″) or less if the main drain is blocked. Drainage inlets should be large enough to prevent dangerous suction or vortexes, and drain covers large enough to accommodate the volume of water escaping the park.

Why use an RFP?

The Request for Proposal (RFP) process allows for the targeted timelines to be met. Contractors use request for proposal documents to submit bids and support documents


Call us today to start planning your spray park or splash pad!