What are the benefits of a spray park?
Spray parks, also known as splash pads, are becoming more popular in communities throughout America. There are a considerable amount of benefits that these aquatic play areas bring to parks and recreation. Spray parks benefit not only children, but the whole community as municipalities aim to provide needed recreational spaces for community enrichment.
Benefits to the Child
Splash pads or aquatic play pads, bring children outside and promote engagement with nature
Socialization with others
Interaction with water features, as well as using their imagination, boosts learning and growth
It’s a fun time for toddlers to tweens
A Place to cool off
Splash pads bring families together in a safe environment
Promotes socialization of youth and families due to the square footage of the pad, inviting people to engage with each other
Offers another source of youth and family entertainment besides the movies, bowling, etc.
Can be placed within a residential area or within an urban area for different demographics
If locally funded, splash pads can promote local organizations or businesses with signage
The problem of finding, training, and paying lifeguards is eliminated
The risk of individuals drowning is eliminated
Less maintenance than a pool
Cheaper to maintain
Splash pad can be built to serve as a multi-purpose purpose pad – change purpose according to season
Depending on the type of system chosen, reduce water usage
Easy to switch out spray features to adapt to the time or appeal to the area
In general spray parks are inclusive and ADA compliant assuming accessibility to park