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.