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This past spring, before the Splashpad® had even been completed, Park Planner and Project Manager Peter Foster predicted that when it would open, children of the area would flock to it. He was right.

This July marked the grand opening of the Splashpad® at the Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic center in South Beaverton, OR. Part of the Tualatin Hills Recreation and Park District, Conestoga provides a wide variety of recreation classes, programs, special events and other activities for all age groups.

Construction of the 6.5 million dollar renovation and expansion began last year and was completed mid July 2012. As part of the renovation and expansion, a 4,500 sq ft Vortex Splashpad® was built in partnership with Ross Recreation. The first within the THRPD  boundaries and championed by area residents, it features close to 30 different spray features for kids to enjoy.

The Splashpad® features Vortex's three bay age-based planning which ensures children of all abilities are stimulated and challenged. Bay designs appeal to everyone by providing play areas for families, toddlers and teens.

The main area is the Family Bay – appropriate for all age groups. One of the items in this area is an interactive Tricky Bells play feature that is operated by  turning the post and lining up the three bells with the fill spouts. Unique Seeflow™ translucent polymer allows the children to watch the bells fill and build anticipation for the big splash!

The Toddler Bay is created specifically for younger children. On this Splashpad® the Toddler Bay area has several Animals from the Watergarden Design Line. The Watergarden Turtle and Bug are a great introduction to soft non-intimidating water effects and encourage sensorial discovery experiences.

The Teen Bay gives ample space and opportunity to challenge the most energetic members of the family. This high-energy area features several of loop cannons which are always a favorite, as well as a Plux Perispray which allows Splashpadders to direct a spray from above towards the kids playing with the cannons!

Selecting the right water management system was one of the critical factors during planning. The project team selected a re-circulating Water Quality Management System (WMS) with UV disinfection to remove any contaminants from the water and ensure that the water keeps flowing for the kids.

To help allow kids to participate, the Splashpad® spray sequence is only activated when a child presses one of the floor mounted foot activators. This sends a signal to the Splashpad® controller to let the spray sequence start. For 4 minutes, the various ground sprays, cannons, dumping bells are activated in a pre-determined sequence, at the end of the sequence a simple touch of an activator starts the splashing all over again!

The Splashpad® at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center has been a huge success. An open house was held on August 22nd and Mr. Foster said:

"there was no concrete…..you couldn't see the concrete for all the kids out on the Splashpad"

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