Vortex International Expands Range of Aquatic Play Products Catering to Toddlers and Preschoolers


New product launches for Water Journey™ and PlayNuk

Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a world leader in the aquatic play industry, is pleased to announce the launch of three new members of its Water Journey™ family – Pico, Alto, and Hop – as well as the PlayNuk, a new kind of elevated structure. Making their debut at the NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis on September 25th, these new aquatic play elements are specially designed to appeal to children aged 2 to 5 years.

The new Water Journey™ elements zero in on a crucial period of childhood development, stimulating the emotional, cognitive, and motor skills of newcomers just discovering the world of aquatic play. The result is a trio of highly tactile events that are scaled for toddlers and preschoolers, but interactive enough to appeal to older siblings and encourage social play. Inspired by mountainside cascades and stepping stones, Pico, Alto, and Hop expand the Water Journey™ playscape, which has received several design awards, including Most Valuable Product by Aquatics International Magazine in 2016.

Where Water Journey™ focuses on ground-level play, PlayNuk adds to the Elevations™ family with a two-deck exploration hub that is specially scaled for children in the 2-5 age group. Softer spray features, smaller steps with double handrails, strategically shaded spaces, and age-appropriate games get young girls and boys exploring exciting new frontiers on their own safely. By respecting their unique scale, perspective, and play tempo, these new elements fully engage little ones in the discovery of aquatic play.

“We’re very excited to expand our award-winning Water Journey™ line,” says Stephen Hamelin, President and CEO of Vortex Aquatic Structures International. “Fun is a core value of ours. We understand that bold water features and large structures that involve high-energy play can sometimes be intimidating for toddlers and preschoolers, and that’s no fun. With Pico, Alto, Hop, and PlayNuk, we’ve created a series of play spaces little ones can proudly call their own.”

The new Water Journey™ and PlayNuk elements will be on display in booth 1023 of the trade show at the NRPA Annual Conference, a premier event that brings together more than 8,000 parks and recreation professionals, advocates, and industry suppliers for three days of networking, training, and discovery of the latest products the industry has to offer.