Safe Aquatic Play Replaces Filled-In Lake


The Mayor of Penne d'Agenais decided to fill in the man-made Lac de Ferie, wanting to replace it with a park that would attract families by still providing cooling refreshment in the summer. He also knew that the park would have to provide real value to the community, while being safe and enjoyable for its users, regardless of age.

To meet this need, the mayor called on Vortex to create aquatic play solutions in a series of small zero-depth zones, each designed to meet the unique needs of different visitor age groups. Moreover, Vortex designed the project to be executed in three different phases, meeting annual budgetary restrictions while still resulting in an install large enough to satisfy the diverse needs of these user groups.

In one zone, a zero-depth Splashpad® provides dramatic water effects using various ground sprays, which even the youngest visitors can safely explore. An Elevations™Structure occupies another nearby zone for the more adventurous, which includes water cannons, slides, and a suspended bucket that drenches those awaiting a good soaking below. All of the structures are green, orange and polished silver to match the natural and urban landscapes, delivering an aesthetically pleasing look.

These solutions are popular with visitors clamoring to play in each of the sustainable aquatic zones, and attendance has soared. The length of visit has also increased, and therefore local concessions are also seeing increased business. All of this adds up to more revenues and quicker ROI - a greater success than had been anticipated. 

The lake may be gone, but with the second of three phases completed, the fun and excitement of water is not, and the municipality couldn't be happier with its safe and sustainable solution.

  • Solution Types Splashpad®
    Elevations™ & PlayNuk
  • Location France
  • Project Types RECREATION & EDUCATION
    - Parks & Aquatic Centers
  • Opened August 2015

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