The Village of Nyack is a 6,700-strong inner suburb of New York City, north of Manhattan and nestled by the west bank of the Hudson River. In the shadow of the newly built Mario M. Cuomo Bridge that replaces the Tappan Zee Bridge, Nyack Memorial Park is a busy activity hub for residents of all ages, featuring a baseball diamond, basketball courts, a concrete skatepark, a gazebo and picnic area for families to enjoy.
With wading and swimming in the river forbidden, the park offered a few play sprinklers that were showing their age. As a result, village leaders felt that investing in a full, state-of-the-art Splashpad would really take the park to a new level on hot summer days. With a grant from the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Fund, the Nyack Park Conservancy and the Village of Nyack sat down with PlaySafe Playground Systems of NY, Inc. to design a zero-depth Splashpad by Vortex International.
Spanning a total area of 2,200 sq. ft. by the playground, the Splashpad features elements designed to emulate the lines and shapes of the bridge that serves as a backdrop to the park. The result is a visually striking, streamlined design that anchors the Splashpad stylistically in its environment. Care was taken to also update the underlying equipment and play surface to ensure years of safe, efficient, and durable operation with easy maintenance.
Jets rise from the ground and features of varying silhouettes of curve and twist, heights, and spray types, sending water spraying and cascading in every direction. This wide array of opportunities to interact with water mean fun for children of all ages and abilities, which in turn fosters social play between family members and across different age groups.
Nearby, picnic tables and a rest area enable parents to relax and keep a watchful eye while little ones are at play - although many moms and dads are happy to join in the fun!