Sault Ste. Marie's Splash Pad!
Carolyn Bunting O'Connor
Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. Marie
October 3, 2012
Overview:Kids of all ages have always taken to backyard sprinklers, neighborhood fire hydrants, and city fountains to cool off. Nothing brings smiles to faces like an exciting world of unpredictable sprayers, oversized water cannons, and larger than life creatures. Dripping with imaginative fun, splash pads are sprouting up in countless communities.
The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie is proposing to build a Splash Pad at John Rowswell Park and donate it to the City of Sault Ste. Marie. The Splash Pad is an area that will be fun for children and families, encourage a healthy-active lifestyle, motivate children and families to enjoy the downtown area, parks and waterfront, accessible for people from all walks of life, and above all, a great way to cool down in the summer.
Splash pads, or zero-depth water play area, have recently become popular in North American municipalities because they are high in safety, low in liability, relative cost, and maintenance, and require no hired supervision or life guards. They also can be developed to ensure fun for children and adults alike. A variety of aesthetic options are available, including in-ground sprays, urban spray sculptures, or kid-oriented equipment. Also, environmentally-friendly components such as water recycling and motion-activated sensors offer the opportunity to have a “green‟ splash park.
Sault Ste. Marie residents deserve to share in this water fun!