“Fabulous” Splashpad® Wins Recreation and Parks Association Award

Parents in Farragut, Tennessee are really excited about the enlarged and remodeled Splashpad® at McFee Park, and they're describing it as "the ultimate" in great places for parents to bring their kids. The Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association was impressed too, and they honored McFee Park with the "Four Star Award for a Renovated Facility."

Pictures of excited kids, and parents' praises, seem endless on the Town of Farragut Parks and Recreation Facebook page, and town officials couldn't be happier with the large aquatic play area and its role in providing a unique recreational experience for local residents and those from surrounding communities.

When a local television news crew showed up, the reporter brought her own toddler and was eager to complete an interview with the Town's public relations and marketing coordinator, so they could enjoy the 16 above-ground features and 25 sprays. "This is just fabulous!" the reporter gushed on camera, obviously impressed. "It doesn't get much more fabulous than this!" agreed the Town's representative. They both registered further amazement when Town staff told her that there were more than 3,000 feet of pipe under the Splashpad® to allow the magic to happen.

Great neighborhood park! This place has an incredible Splashpad® that stays crowded in the summer.

— McFee Park Visitor, Reviewed 5 starts on Trip Advisor

The Splashpad® at McFee Park is an aquatic playground, featuring a nature theme, including a large iconic Oak Tree to match its native counterparts and surroundings. Unique spray elements - such as flowers, animals, geysers and misters - ensure that there is plenty of excitement. A nearby Water Journey "Labyrinth" area with creeks, flood plains and cascades is perfect for toddlers, and further enhances the environmental motif. The little ones can manipulate and coordinate many game features and stretch their imaginations by introducing small objects of their own - like toy boats, blocks, "duckies" or sticks that float downstream.

The McFee Park installation isn't just a great example of delivering an exciting aquatic play and stimulating learning experience. It's also a great example of how town management and Vortex were able to complete the award-winning installation on a super-fast timeline - as a result of involving National Purchasing Partners (NPP).

NPP is a procurement program enabling cities to avoid going to bid and therefore getting their projects completed faster. It allowed Farragut officials and Vortex to control the project, building a quality system that they knew would appeal to the population but avoiding any substitutions that might compromise the quality of the final product.

I took my 2 year old grandson to McFee Park yesterday. He loved the water park. It is a very safe, fun environment for kids of all ages. It was a great way to spend a hot morning!

— McFee Park Visitor, Reviewed 5 Stars on Trip Advisor

Meanwhile, the McFee Park Splashpad® is meeting or exceeding its going-in objectives. The Splashpad® and Labyrinth are free components of McFee Park for visitors, but the existence of the larger Splashpad® has generated even more interest in the rental of the picnic pavilions in the park; it is drawing from a larger regional area, and the pavilion rentals by camps and daycare centers have increased due to the Splashpad®.

Other enthusiastic fans have posted videos of their children at the McFee Park Splashpad® on YouTube - a testament to the way the community has embraced the expanded water-play facility.

During the season the Splashpad® is open 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, and no lifeguards or other supervisors are required since the Splashpad® is zero-depth. Water is recirculated through a filtration system, and sprays only when activated by pressing a button - making the entire installation ecologically responsible.

The McFee Park Splashpad® is the largest aquatic recreational facility in East Tennessee. With a footprint of more than 8,000 square feet, it can accommodate at least 300 visitors at a given time.

The park has been featured in local media, on the town's website, and in Farragut's Annual and Quarterly Reports. But its biggest promotion of all is word-of-mouth. The town and its Splashpad® definitely confirm that "if you build it they will come."

  • Solution Types Water Journey™
  • Location Tennessee, United States
    - Parks & Aquatic Centers
  • Opened July 2016

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