Splash pads: More FAQs

Starting the journey to build a new Splashpad® for your community or business is exciting! But you probably have a lot of questions. Vortex pioneered the first Splashpad in 1995, and since then we’ve designed and manufactured over 9,000 installations across the globe. So, we have the experience and expertise you need to build a Splashpad® that meets your needs. Below you’ll find some of the most common questions we get. If you don’t see your question here, please find your local Vortex specialist here.

General questions about Splash pads

Vortex Splashpad® are designed for children of all ages and abilities and promote intergenerational play. We can create toddler zones for the little ones right up to bigger splash events for teens. Discover how splash pads are designed here.

Splash pad play areas come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from compact urban plazas to installations measuring over 35,000 sq.ft. Learn more about how to determine the capacity of your Splash pad.

The Vortex difference

As the world leader in aquatic play, Vortex pioneered the first Splashpad® over 25 years ago and continues to innovate with unique designs and sustainable water management solutions. Our colorful open-ended designs invite children to fill in the blanks and create playful environments from their own imaginations. And every Vortex solution is bolstered by smart technology that enhances play experiences, elevates safety, and makes the expansion of your facility easier and more cost-effective. Learn more about our expertise.

Every Splash pad is designed from scratch to meet the specific needs of your community. Learn more about project design.

With over 9,000 installations in 50 countries, there’s lots to choose from! You can find a selection of stories about municipal and commercial projects – from across the globe - here.


Each Vortex Splashpad® is designed specifically for your community or project, so costs will vary. The major factors of a Splashpad® are the water play products chosen, the water management system, and installation. Other components include concrete, surfacing, infrastructure, and other amenities such as benches, restrooms, or parking. Learn more. Your community or organization may be eligible to purchase your Splashpad® through a co-operative purchasing program such as BuyBoard or NPPGov.

From Vortex’s standpoint, the costs of a new Splashpad® would be design services (usually included), the aquatic play products themselves, and the selected water management system. Learn more about other costs here.

Once a new Splashpad® is installed, your facility will need to budget for opening and closing the splash pad on a seasonal basis, maintenance labor, energy, water, monitoring, and administration. Learn more.

Vortex does not offering financing. However, your community can investigate a variety of funding opportunities including grants and fundraising. You may be eligible to work with a co-operative purchasing program for the most competitive pricing.

Planning your Splash pad project

Depending on your geographic location, you will work with a Vortex sales executive or local channel partner. They will meet with you to discuss your community needs, and work towards the creation of a Splash pad that is right for you. Find your closest Vortex representative here.

A Splash pad can be any size, as long as you have the supporting infrastructure. Learn more about determining the right size for your splash pad.

Every installation is unique, depending on the size, number of features, and water management system selected. Your Vortex representative will work with you to set milestones and timelines to ensure your splash pad equipment is delivered on time. Learn more about our process here.

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