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Faced with an aging wading pool that was expensive to maintain, the City of Norman, Oklahoma searched for a replacement activity that would not only replace the existing pool, but would also decrease operating costs. Project decision-makers were attracted to the concept of building an unsupervised, zero-depth play area that would offer exciting water activities for children of all ages. With the knowledge that they were making the best possible investment, the City of Norman began their first project in Andrews Park.

Truly a success story, the Andrews Park Splashpad® delivered immediate results. Since installing the Splashpad®, park attendance has increased exponentially. Not only did local residents flock to this new activity, the Splashpad® also drew in groups from day camps and daycares who were excited about the safe and high energy experience. By renting out the two park shelters adjacent to the Splashpad® on a per-hour basis to groups, the City of Norman was able to generate some revenue as well. With no lifeguard needed, and only minimal maintenance staff required, the Splashpad® proved to be a cost effective replacement for the wading pool.

Project details:

Total Splashpad area: 4,800 sq. ft. (445 sq. m)
Operational season: ~150 days (Early May to Mid-October)
Operational hours: Daily 9am-until sunset
Splashpaders served: 50-130 per day
Water Management System: Vortex WQMS
Fresh water consumed per season: 19,500 gallons (74,000 liters)
Avg. water consumption/user: 1.44 gallons (5.45 liters)
Seasonal chlorine usage: approx. 137.5 gallons (520 liters)
Seasonal muriatic acid: 50 gallons (190 liters)

"Since the installation our Splashpad®, we are generating more revenue from park and shelter rentals than we did charging patrons to use our wading pool"

James Briggs
Park Planner & Landscape Architect
City of Norman, OK
Parks & Recreation Department

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