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Building a Splash Pad - Sault Ste Marie

  • Submitted by:

    Katie

    Location:

    Sault Ste Marie

  • Idea Created:

    September 29, 2012

    Budget:

    Medium ($50K - 100K)

Overview:

This would be the ONLY Splash Pad located in Sault Ste Marie!

What is a splash pad?
splash pad is an area for water play that has no standing water. This is said to eliminate the need for paid lifeguards or other supervision provided by the city, as there is practically no risk of drowning. Splash pads have been around in the commercial industry for decades. 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), a mushroom shower, or a tree shower. As well, 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. Typically 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.

Some benefits of a local splash pad are:

  • Offers a safe and fun public park for families and visitors.
  • Encourages family-friendly entertainment.
  • Provides an active alternative for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Guarantees a cool, free alternative to the hot humid summer heat.
  • Its FREE entertainment and exercise for the kids during the summer break.

Update October 2, 2012 - I have become aware that City Hall is all for this but they need TWO things: 5000 signatures and the funds.  Little did I know but a lovely couple have gone around and so far have collected 3000 signatures.  I will post with details on how and where you can give your signature!