Why Choose a Splash Pad?

A well-designed splash pad is a great way to enhance community spaces and keep the entire family entertained.  These zero-depth aquatic play areas also significantly reduce risk, staffing needs and water consumption with the use of innovative water management systems. ABC Recreation supplies commercial grade splash pad equipment, as well as expert design and installation services.

Splash pads offer an interactive and social experience for users of all ages and abilities and our supplier, Vortex Aquatic Structures International, is a leader in the aquatic play industry with more than 7,000 installations in 45 countries. Vortex is a Canadian company and all products are proudly made in Canada. Furthermore, Vortex is the industry leader in developing award-winning aquatic solutions and cutting-edge technologies.

Where to Install

Typically found in municipal park settings, splash pads offer misting, jetting and flowing water fun through both ground level features, such as ground sprays and above ground features, like dumping buckets.

Splash pads can also be used to enhance resorts, campgrounds amusement parks, commercial and other urban spaces. Whether you are starting with a new site or converting an existing wading pool, a splash pad is an amenity that is appreciated by the youngest toddlers and parents alike.

Get some inspiration from the Splash Pad Catalogue and reach out to us when you’re ready to start planning!

How to Get Started

A discussion about your splash pad project should begin with the following questions:

  • Where will the splash pad be located?
  • How big is the site?
  • Is there power to the site?
How to Get Started
  • Where will the water be coming from?
  • What type of splash pad equipment do you want?
  • Have you considered what you will do with the water that drains from the splash pad?
  • What is your budget?
  • What is your timeline?
  • Learn more in our Splash Pad Solutions brochure

If you know the answer to all of these questions, great! If not, that’s okay too. We can be a resource and help you find the right information to make an informed decision. Visit our FAQ to learn more and contact us with any additional questions!

Other Aquatic Play

We offer a variety of exciting aquatic play experiences in addition to splash pads.


This low flow solution utilizes light mists and small directional water streams. Reduced and controlled water dispersion allows you to introduce water play in almost any environment.

Water JourneyTM

A quieter kind of play experience inspired by nature’s flowing streams. Perfect for younger ones with very low water depth and a variety of elements to move, touch and manipulate.

Elevations & PlayNuk

Offer multi-level adventure at your shallow pool or splash pad with the addition of these dynamic structures that can be installed on a diverse range of sites, indoors or out.


The perfect way to add some thrill to your water play environment. A variety of standard and custom waterslide solutions have been designed with all ages and rider levels in mind.


How much does a splash pad cost?

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when determining the cost of a splash pad. Site preparation (excavation, granular prep, concrete deck etc.), installation, features and finishing work (landscaping, sodding etc.) will all vary by project. Contact us to discuss your needs and we can work together to determine a budget.

Do splash pads use chlorine?

The simple answer is yes! Domestic water supply is typically used for splash pads and contains a small amount of chlorine based on potable water standards. Higher concentrations of chlorine are used when the water from the splash pad is being recirculated and requires additional disinfection as per pool code regulations.

Are splash pads dangerous?

A splash pad is a zero-depth aquatic play area that allows families to cool off with peace of mind. Many park administrators appreciate how they require no lifeguard supervision as they pose no more risk than standard dry-play playground equipment.

Is the water from a splash pad recycled?

A splash pad in a public or municipal setting typically has a flow-through system that uses the domestic water supply. In a private sector environment (i.e. campground, amusement park etc.), a recirculation system that “recycles” the water is often used due to the high volume of water that would be required to operate the splash pad.

When does my local splash pad open?

The splash pad operating season typically runs from late May until the end of September depending on weather. Check your municipality’s website for a listing of splash pad locations and operating hours.

How many gallons of water does a splash pad use?

Splash pad water consumption will vary based on water line size and if a recirculating system is in use. Water usage can range from 20 to 100 cubic meters of water per day depending on the water quality management system in place.

How big should my splash pad be?

There are a couple of key considerations when it comes to splash pad capacity. An oversized splash pad may look empty and uninviting. An undersized splash pad will be overcrowded during peak load periods, compromising the quality of the user experience. In general, we recommend a user capacity of 1 person per 25 sq.ft. of splash pad area. To learn more, read the full Capacity Guide from Vortex.

Do I need washrooms near my splash pad?

From a thermal comfort perspective, you want people to come and stay for a while and one of the basic necessities is a place to use the washroom. Having a washroom near your splash pad helps to keep your splash pad clean and prevents kids from using the washroom in the splash pad. Additionally, having a washroom nearby will keep families at the splash pad longer. If a bathroom isn’t feasible at your splash pad, a portable toilet is another option.

What other items should I add to my splash pad area?

Site furnishings make spaces more comfortable and useful for users. Consider adding site amenities to your splash pad such as benches, tables and chairs, and shade. Additionally, to help keep your splash pad neat and tidy, provide guests with litter and recycling receptacles. Lastly, planters help spruce up outdoor spaces with natural pops of colour and life

How much water does a splash pad use?

Water usage will be determined by the water management system you choose. See our question on drainage to learn more!

What happens to the water that drains from the splash pad?

There are a few different options to consider when it comes to managing the water that drains from a splash pad.

The first option is to simply just let the water flow-through the splash pad and directly into the municipal wastewater system. This is the easiest water management option and the one that requires the least amount of maintenance. A flow-through system uses, on average, 75-100 cubic metres of water per day. This is based on a 2” water service.

The second option is to capture the water that drains from the splash pad and repurpose it for surface irrigation, such as watering a nearby sports fields. The water will need to be disinfected prior to use. Capture and repurpose systems use, on average, 50-75 cubic metres of water per day. The capacity of your holding tank will determine how much of the water can be repurposed and the overflow goes to storm or sanitary.

The final and most comprehensive option is to recirculate the water using advanced water treatment processes so that the water can be used again on the splash pad. This WQMS (Water Quality Management System) does require monitoring. Re-circulating systems use, on the high-end, 20-30 cubic metres of water per day.

How much maintenance and servicing is required for a splash pad?

At minimum, each splash pad requires a seasonal start-up and shut down. We also recommended a daily visual inspection—something we call a drive-by—to check for broken glass or debris. It’s also beneficial for the sequence—the run time or duration of functionality for all features—to be tested daily. Each sequence runs, on average, for 3-5 minutes. Additional maintenance will be determined by the water management system that is used. For example, the water tank will need to be emptied regularly on a repurpose system and water will need to be tested often on a recirculating system.

What is the warranty for a splash pad purchased from ABC Recreation?

It’s important that your splash pad is covered by a comprehensive and well-defined warranty comparable to what we are able to offer through our manufacturer Vortex Aquatic Structures International Inc.

  • 25 years for structural stainless steel on features and hardware
  • 5 years all plastic and fiberglass components
  • 10 years on weld workmanship
  • Minimum 2 years warranty on all electronic components

What splash pad services does ABC Recreation offer?

Our service team is equipped to troubleshoot any issue you have with your splash pad. We can provide support with:

  • Installation
  • Annual maintenance for spring start-up and winter shut-down
  • Electronic (i.e. controller)
  • Mechanical (i.e. water distribution valves)
  • Structural (i.e. components, the splash pad deck)
  • Training for new staff
  • Splash pad optimization (i.e. water conservation)
  • See Our Services page for more information on how we can help!