Article originally published in http://www.standard-freeholder.com
LONG SAULT — After putting up with a few weather-related delays, the new Splashpad® at the Arnold Bethune Memorial Park in Long Sault is almost ready.
South Stormont Parks and Recreation Supervisor Kevin Amelotte said the project had been expected to be wrapped up a few days ago, but due to the rain and recent windstorm, the construction was forced to shut down for a few days.
"But they got a good portion of it completed," said Amelotte. "It's just a matter of pouring the actual pad itself."
Amelotte said all the electrical and infrastructure work has been completed and he was expecting the contractor to be on site shortly to pour the pad, and after that, the only thing left is for the plumbers to connect the plumbing for drainage.
"The rest of the work, like the landscaping, the installation of the benches and garbage cans will be done in the spring," said Amelotte. Although partially funded by grants from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund and some money coming from tax coffers, a large part of the project was funded by the residents of South Stormont. More...
Artist rendering of new Splashpad®
Article originally published in The News Tribune
Pasco plans to buy equipment for a new Splashpad® without going out for bid.
The city council discussed at its Monday workshop waiving the bidding requirements so it can spend $93,089 on equipment for a water playground at Kurtzman Park.
City Manager Gary Crutchfield recommended buying the equipment from Vortex Aquatic Structures International of Quebec, Canada, because it also equipped the spray park at the Memorial Park pool. More...
Artist's rendition of new Splashpad®
Original article by Gena Mangiaratti - Daily Hampshire Gazette
SOUTH HADLEY — Buttery Brook Park will close Nov. 1 as work begins on renovations that have been planned for nearly a decade.
Improvements will include a Vortex Splashpad®, new playground equipment and a relocation of the skate park, said Department of Public Works Superintendent James Reidy. More...
Does your community shut down its Splashpads for the winter?
Not sure what to do to prepare your Splashpad® for the colder climate?
Would you like to avoid damage to your Splashpad® and ensure a smooth spring startup?
Top 3 tips for winterizing your Splashpad:
- Make sure no water remains in play features
- Make sure no water stays in the supply lines
- Make sure water is completely purged from the water management system
Properly preparing a Splashpad® before shutting it down for the winter is essential to ensuring a smooth and trouble free spring startup. Following the correct winterization procedure will help avoid equipment damage through cold winter months and facilitate startup during the spring.
Donald Doucette - Field Technician for Vortex Aquatic Structures will guide attendees through the proper winterization protocols for both FT (Flow-through) and WQMS (Re-circulating) Splashpad® water management systems.
The inspiration for this new amenity is a running stream. A stream is an oasis of tranquility in nature where reflection, play and renewal happen.
Vortex Aquatic Structures International has been a leader in aquatic play for over 18 years, manufacturing safe, economical and sustainable aquatic play amenities. Water Journeys™ is Vortex’s latest innovation and provides landscape architects and aquatic designers with new opportunities to create remarkable landmarks that are cross generational. Water Journeys™ is a linear ground play area, created in imitation of nature’s water systems and includes: boating, flow management, rivers, and streams in a four module game installation. Like in nature, what happens in one area of the stream impacts the conditions further downstream. Children will quickly learn how their play affects others. Each game module offers a different interactive play experience and provides people of all ages a chance to engage in the Water Journeys® meeting place. More...
Vortex Aquatic Structures International extends, a well deserved congratulations to Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission for winning the award for the Blue Heron Bay Splashpad® they opened Memorial Day Weekend (May) 2013.
Vortex Aquatic Structures International is overjoyed by the recognition Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission will receive for the extraordinary spray park they built and that Vortex Midwest could be part of the project.The NACPRO awards are annual recognition given to individuals, programs and innovative installations that contribute to the American park system. The category for which Blue Heron Bay at Independence Lake County Park won – the Park and Recreation Award (Class I) - was to honor and focus national attention on their spray park installation as the best in design, planning, construction and benefit to the community. More...
Article originally from Recreation Management Magazine by Rick Dandes
Smaller waterparks, both privately run and those operated and funded by local municipalities, are finding new and creative ways to survive, and even prosper, within tight budget constraints. In fact, many municipalities now understand that their waterparks are not only beneficial to the well-being of residents, but can also be a financial asset to the bottom line of their annual parks and recreation budgets. More...
Join Vortex Tuesday September 24th at 1pm EDT (10am PDT) for a complimentary webinar: Introduction to Splashpads.
This is free session is ideal for:
- Park planners who would like to add this inclusive and refreshing water amenity to their parks
- Landscape architects who are looking to incorporate a safe and sustainable water amenity to their designs
- Elected officials who are receiving requests from their citizens for the addition of a Splashpad to their community
- Anyone who would like to learn more about Splashpads!
Mr. Scott Stefanc ASLA, Commercial Development Manager for Vortex Aquatic Structures International will be presenting this live session.
Click the link below to register!
Center Parcs, Bostalsee, Germany
VORTEX AMENITY SOLUTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL FACILITIES
From programming & concept creation stage, through to opening day, we are here to ensure your hotel, resort, FEC, zoo or park venue generates revenue while creating the highest quality play experience for your guests.
With over 18 years of experience & expertise in designing, manufacturing & building aquatic solutions around the world, the Vortex design team, working hand-in-hand with our strategic partners of aquatic designers& architects, can offer you complete design solutions.
- Program Review, Concept Design & Product Development
- Theme & Brand Integration
- Manufacturing & Procurement
Our Mission: make your vision a reality in a profitable and sustainable way. We have the expertise, creativity, knowledge & innovation to make your idea happen.More...
Article originally published on newbritainherald.com
NEW BRITAIN — First local political leaders and parks officials celebrated the opening of the Chesley Park Splashpad® with a ribbon cutting and speeches, then 150 children got wet.
The first- and second-graders from A.W. Stanley Park’s Camp TotalRec waited patiently until Mayor Timothy O’Brien and 8-year-old Emma Agosti cut the ribbon. Then the activator was pressed and water went everywhere. And, so did the kids.
The 100-foot by 100-foot splash pad is the largest in the state, officials said. But, most important, it is a hit with the younger set.More...