Everything You Need to Know Before Installing a Splash Pad 

Splash pads are becoming an increasingly popular entertainment and water feature for private and community settings. Here are some helpful questions to consider if you want to install an aquatic play project in your yard or a commercial/community space.

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What is a splash pad?

No matter their name or form, a splash pad is simply an area fitted with a non-slip surface or safety surface and various nozzles and features that can shower, spray, rain, mist, and shoot streams of water. These become inspiring and inviting places for recreational water play.

Splash pads can also be referred to as spray parks, splash zones, water playgrounds, aquatic play projects, etc. They take on many forms – commercial spray parks, light commercial splash zones, backyard water parks, and striking patio water features.

There are many considerations that need to be made when you are thinking about creating a splash pad. Sapphire can guide you through the entire process, from the initial design, to building it, to maintaining it for years to come.

Where are some good places to install a splash pad?  

When it comes to spray parks, there are a few things to consider. First, you’ll want to choose a location with plenty of sun. This will help to ensure that the water stays warm enough for the splashers, people who will enjoy the splash pad. Second, you’ll want to select a spot near a bathroom or changing area. This will make it easy for splashers to take a break when they need to use the restroom. Finally, you’ll want to choose a location away from traffic. This will help ensure splashers are safe from cars and other hazards. With these things in mind, here are a few good places to install an aquatic play project: 

  • In a park: Splash pads are a great addition to any park. They provide a fun place for children to play and can also help attract more families to the park.
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  • At a pool: Water playgrounds can be a great way to keep children entertained while they’re waiting their turn to swim. They can involve kids who are too young to swim on their own, allowing parents ease of mind in the process. They can also help to keep the pool area clean by preventing dirt and debris from tracking into the water.

  • In a yard: A splash pad is a great way to cool off on a hot day. It can also be used as a fun focal point in your yard and can even help deter pests like mosquitoes.

Why should I hire a team to install my splash pad?

A splash pad is an excellent addition to any backyard—providing hours of fun for kids of all ages. But installing an aquatic play project is not a simple DIY project. Not only is it essential to have the right equipment, but it’s also critical that the pad is correctly installed to avoid injuries and promote longevity. That’s why it’s always best to hire a team of professionals to install your spray park. With years of experience, Sapphire’s professional splash pad team will be able to accurately and efficiently install your water playground, so you can start enjoying it as soon as possible. In addition, we will be able to provide you with advice on how to maintain your splash pad and keep it looking like new for years to come. So if you’re considering adding a spray park to your backyard, be sure to hire a professional installation team like Sapphire Fountains. 

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What are some of the benefits of splash pads?

Splash pads are a great way to stay cool on a hot summer day. They are also a fun and safe place for kids to play. Many aquatic play projects have different features, such as spray guns, waterfalls, and sprinklers. Splash pads are also usually wheelchair accessible. Some water playgrounds even have special features for sensory stimulation, making them an excellent place for people of all abilities to enjoy the water. In addition to being fun, spray parks are also a great way to get exercise. Running around in the water can be a great workout and a great way to beat the heat.  

Here are some of our favorite splash pad features:

More affordable than a pool.
A pool is a significant investment. For families who aren’t ready for that price tag, installing a splash pad is a more affordable way to add a water feature to your backyard. Of course, the actual cost will depend on the aquatic play project size and features, but generally, these water play areas tend to be significantly cheaper than a swimming pool.

Reduced drowning risk.
Responsible adults should always supervise children around water. That said, there is little to no risk of drowning in a spray park, whereas drowning is a real and tragic possibility in pools. In addition, families with small children may feel safer with a splash pad. 

Less maintenance.
Splash pads require similar equipment as pools do (for example, chlorine and a pump), but there is less cleaning and upkeep required for an aquatic play project than a pool. So if you’re worried about the hassle of maintaining a pool, consider installing a water playground.

Lots of features available.
Your splash pad can be much more than several jets spraying from the ground. You can install many additions onto your spray park, including grottos and slides, for a water-filled playground that’s incredibly fun for young children.

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Multiple uses.
Even when the kids aren’t playing in the splash pad, it can add some ambiance to your backyard as a water feature, especially if you add lights. A splash pad is very customizable, with options to create artistic additions to your space while simultaneously being functional. Additionally, while not in use, you can use the surface of your aquatic play project for other backyard activities, like a nice BBQ with the neighbors.

How long does it take to install a splash pad?

Installing a spray park is a great way to add fun and excitement to your backyard. But how long does it take to install one? The answer depends on a few factors, including the design’s size and complexity. In most cases, however, you can expect the installation process to take between four and eight weeks. During this time, our team of experienced professionals will work diligently to get your splash pad up and running:

  1. We’ll start excavating the site and installing the plumbing and drainage systems.
  2. We’ll pour the concrete pad and install the spray features.
  3. We’ll install the pump & filtration equipment, and then get everything up and running.

So, if you want to add a spray park to your commercial space, be prepared for a bit of a wait. But trust us, it will be worth it!

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Do splash pads recirculate water?

Splash pads are a fun way to cool off on a hot day, and they’re also a great alternative to pools for younger children. But one of the questions we often get asked about an aquatic play project is whether or not the water is recirculated. The answer is that it depends on the design of the splash pad you choose to install. Some spray parks do recirculate the water, while others simply allow the water to run off into the nearby landscaping. However, all water playgrounds installed by Sapphire meet and exceed strict health and safety standards, so you can be sure that the water is clean and safe no matter how it is circulated.

Are splash pads sanitary?

Commercial splash pads are highly regulated when it comes to safety and sanitation. This means that while the owner, commercial and residential, is responsible for maintaining the safety of the splash pad, there are many steps in place to ensure the correct usage of the pad. Water chemistry and disinfection, like with pools, is very important in stopping the spread of germs and disease. Sapphire can help you make sure that your pad is disinfected correctly and is safe for all users. 

We are confident in our safety procedures and precautions; however, splashers, and parents of young splashers, should always take their own precautions to stay safe and stop the spread of germs, especially when in high-risk areas.

What does the splash pad installation process look like for a commercial/community property?

There are many steps to installing a splash pad. First, the location of your desired design should be carefully considered and analyzed according to local building codes to comply with best construction practices on site. Plus, you’ll need an experienced aquatic project engineer who can manage all scheduling aspects from beginning through completion – this includes handling communications between designers/landscape architects, and the local health department as well! Finally, to ensure that your spray park is up and running according to code, get a professional engineer involved early in the process. 

Next, it’s time to look at all the factors that could affect the success of your aquatic play project installation. Determining what type of water management solution is best for your aquatic play project can be complicated. Water chemistry is a highly regulated, vital part of the process that needs to be understood by all parties involved with the maintenance and regular operating of the pad. Sapphire can help simplify that part of the process with our water management systems and tools.

It is also essential to gather community feedback to see how well your aquatic play project installation plans match the needs, wants, and priorities of the community that will be using it. The success of your splash pad project heavily depends on this feedback.

When you are ready to begin the planning/implementation for your installation project, your splash pad design team needs to prepare mockups and drawings to visually represent all of the required components for your spray park. Your graphics should clearly illustrate and define the following:

  • The complete layout of the aquatic play zone and the placement of each of its nozzles
  • The spray distance and flow rates for each nozzle
  • And finally, the piping schematics

Using these project drawings can help streamline the planning, development, and manufacturing process by identifying any risks associated with installation and implementation. They also allow for a more straightforward approval procedure when applying for permits required in your area because it is clear what needs local authorities have been informed about beforehand – saving you time/money on re-doing things later!  There are times when a competitive bid process is used to contract equipment and services for an aquatic project. In this process, a request for proposal is extended to potential suppliers and aquatics manufacturers. The contract is awarded to the product/installation bid with the highest preference.

 

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When all aspects of your aquatic play project have been thoroughly planned, analyzed, and approved, the actual installation can begin! Finally, the big day has arrived, and it’s time to break ground on your splash pad:

  1. The water playground professional team must install a series of pipes beneath the ground. These pipes will carry water to the spray heads and drains.
  2. A concrete pad is poured, and the spray heads are installed.
  3. The concrete is finished, and the spray park is ready for use!

 You don’t have to spend a fortune on a pool to make summer memories that will last a lifetime. Splash pads are an affordable, safe, and fun alternative that the whole family can enjoy. But why stop there? At Sapphire, we believe that every family deserves their own little oasis, which is why we offer unbeatable deals on custom splash pad installation. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today!

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