The nautical-themed Splashpad® in J.E.A. Bernardin park, which opened to the public in the summer of 2014 is geared toward the city’s day camp users and families. The aquatic play area offers a zero-depth, user-activated set of water features that prioritize safety and dynamic play experiences. Also serving as a community gathering space, the Splashpad® brings people of all ages together to play, relax and cool off in the heat while enjoying the company of neighbors and friends. The zero-depth play area eliminates any drowning risk, so no lifeguards are required, removing staffing costs while ensuring peace of mind.
Built to reflect the ocean, Vortex’s Splashpad® features colorful fish and flora with interactive multi-directional water sprays to refresh and entertain users of all ages and abilities. A vibrant rainbow arches across the pad, while Vortex’s unique translucent Seeflow™ polymer material converges with flowing water on towering leaf structures to cast mesmerizing shadows, colors and patterns on the ground. Hidden ground sprays add an element of surprise, projecting water upwards and outwards in delicate arcs.
Enjoying its first ever installation, the highlight of the new Splashpad® is Vortex’s newest attraction: an iconic and interactive sailboat with water cannon and ship’s wheel. Promoting both imaginative and collaborative play, the new boat allows users to run, work together, hide, and create their own unique narratives and adventures each and every time they visit.