Splashpad® Replaces Pool to Meet Community Needs


When the pool at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton, Georgia needed repair, the city decided to forego costly renovations to the pool in favor of building a cost-friendly Vortex Splashpad® to meet the community’s recreational needs. Built in collaboration with local Vortex expert, Hasley Recreation, the 3,300 square foot Splashpad® opened in 2012 at a cost of $170,000 and was an instant success.

A zero-depth water playground, the Splashpad® is a fun and safe aquatic amenity offering play opportunities for all ages and abilities. A giant water-slinging spider, whimsical Aqualiens™ fountain sculptures and dumping bucket stimulate imaginative and creative play, while a toddler-friendly frog delights younger minds. Attracting locals and tourists alike, the Splashpad® attracts more than 100 daily users.

The new Splashpad® has proved itself a worthwhile investment, cutting operating costs by 90% in comparison to a pool, and greatly reducing dedicated staffing personnel because of a lack of lifeguard and extensive maintenance needs. In addition, the city has implemented a $2 admission fee to cover costs and turn a profit, making the city only regret not having built it bigger.

  • Solution Types Splashpad®
  • Location Georgia, United States
  • Project Types RECREATION & EDUCATION
    - Parks & Aquatic Centers
  • Opened April 2012

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