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OPERATIONS
A Commitment to Inclusion
By Greg Stoks
C
ity of Parkersburg, West Virginia, opened City Park Pool in the late
1930s, which drew large crowds. But as preferences for recreation
and entertainment evolved, residents lost interest in the facility. Rather
than close the pool, however, the city chose to expand the space to
include a splash pad that would welcome children and families of all abilities.
" It was not an option for us to
build a brand-new water park facility, "
says Rickie Yeager, development
director at City of Parkersburg.
" We considered creating
a smaller splash pad that would be
free to the public, but our research
showed the most meaningful impact
would be to connect a splash
pad to the existing pool, thereby
enhancing the facility. "
That realization allowed for the
city to make City Park Pool a true
destination for residents. In addition
to creating a fully inclusive
splash pad, the city rehabbed the
entire space - an Americans with
Disabilities
Act-compliant
ramp
was added to the pool, as well as
rock climbing walls, a zip line and
a new concession stand.
Prior to starting the splash pad
design, the project team looked at
demographic and health data from
the
City of Parkersburg, Wood
County and Mid-Ohio Valley region.
They found that nearly 1,500
young people, individuals ages 18
and younger, have cognitive disabilities
or use some type of mobility
device. In addition, City of
Parkersburg engaged residents to
ensure the splash pad met the needs
of all the people using the facility.
" Our goal was to provide a space
where individuals of all abilities
have the opportunity to do something
fun and interactive, " says
Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce.
Together with Aquatix®
by LandCity
of Parkersburg, West Virginia, expanded City Park
Pool to include a splash pad that welcomes children
and families of all abilities.
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scape Structures and Sparks@Play,
City of Parkersburg created an inclusive
spray park design. The design
encompasses more than 7,600
square feet and delivers fun, safe
play experiences in three developmentally
appropriate zones.
" It was important to create a
space that all age groups could be
playing in at the same time, " says
Yeager.
When designing inclusive spray
parks, it's important to consider the
placement of spray features, and the
project team did just that. The features
were created to allow kids to
step back and experience a calming
moment. A blue ribbon that runs
throughout the surfacing design,
which mimics the nearby Ohio and
Little Kanawha Rivers, guides users
to activities with gentle flows that
are in or just beyond that mark.
To further
embrace inclusive,
team and group spray play, the design
included a spray station where
individuals of all physical and cognitive
abilities can gather together
to learn and socialize.
In addition to the fun and playful
aspects of the splash pad design,
City of Parkersburg chose a recirculation
system to save millions of
gallons of water annually. The City
Park splash pad recirculates 4,000
gallons of water at any given time.
The splash pad at City Park
Pool opened in May 2019 to rave
reviews. The attendance numbers
alone speak volumes - participation
increased by 700 percent over
previous years. While the splash
pad opened successfully, the city
continues to emphasize the inclusive
aspects of this amenity.
Greg Stoks is Director of Product
Innovation at Aquatix by Landscape
Structures Inc.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LANDSCAPE STRUCTURES INC.

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