Although beloved by its neighboring residents, the paddling pool at Victoria Park had seen declining attendance and increasing maintenance costs. The City decided to replace it with a Splashpad® despite the community’s resistance, and a petition to save the pool. In its first full season, they welcomed 71,400 visitors, versus an average of 8,000 using the paddling pool. The vibrant Splashpad features a wide range of aquatic play products from Vortex’s Nature Collection and is accessible to kids of all ages and abilities, one of the community’s original objectives. The city has realized significant savings in operating costs; daily maintenance is minimal and no lifeguard is required. Victoria Park’s Splashpad is a wonderful success story, breathing new life into the neighbourhood.
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