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OPERATIONS
Hop, Skip, Play: Creating Accessible
Play Value at Splash Pads
By Briana Valente
veryone experiences play in different ways - it's the reason why
there isn't just one type of spray feature or one type of pool. Age,
ability and even personal preference all contribute to how someone
engages within a space and with other people. Accounting
for these differences helps to create an inclusive and inviting environment.
There are many different kinds of
play. Collaborative, imaginative and
multigenerational play can foster important
skills needed for childhood
development. When these types of
play are paired with water activities
found in areas like splash pads,
risky play - the positive kind - is
introduced and children often gain
more confidence around water while
playing. Positive experiences around
water create good introductions and
lead to developing valuable lifelong
skills, such as swimming.
Designing Play Spaces
When planning for these different
kinds of play, balance is important
to ensure everyone can engage
Play value directly influences visitor perception of a facility and
can be a determining factor of whether or not they will return.
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safely and comfortably. This can be
achieved through zoning, which is a
great way to improve inclusivity for
different developmental age and ability
groups. Zoning is achieved by placing
spray features and toys in strategic
areas where individuals can self-select
where they want to play without
fearing unexpected or unwanted situations.
For example, a parent and a
small toddler may prefer a quiet area
with small floor-jet sprays while older
children may want to stand under
dump buckets and spray one another
with dueling jets. Surfacing can help
guests visually distinguish areas by
color or pattern and can be an easy
way for caregivers to help children
stay within a certain zone.
Play value directly influences visitor
perception of a facility and can
be a determining factor of whether
or not they will return. People often
think of spray features when they visualize
aquatics play, but the surface
itself is a feature and often covers 50
to 90 percent of an aquatics amenity.
Many facilities use concrete, but
the possibilities this otherwise blank
canvas offers are limitless. When
surfaces are designed intentionally,
they become the largest features
with the highest engagement rate.
Everyone touches the floor, and the
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imagery can include theming, characters,
games and pathways that encourage
full activation around the
space. Safety surfaces that are certified
to NSF/ANSI/CAN 50 can go
even further to promote play with
cushioned and slip-resistant attributes
that reduce injuries and create
a fun, inviting environment.
Welcoming All
When evaluating accessible spaces,
it can be helpful to imagine yourself
in different scenarios and engage
with your facility from another perspective,
such as riding a wheelchair
or using forearm crutches. From
the parking lot to the amenity itself,
there are numerous touchpoint opportunities
that can be considered
to create an inclusive and inviting
guest experience along the way.
It can seem overwhelming to consider
all the options, but the easiest
way to begin this process is to talk to
a wide range of community members
and understand how they use existing
facilities and what they want to see
for future additions. Collect this data
in different ways since not everyone
has internet access to fill out an online
survey, and some people may be unable
to attend an in-person meeting.
Planning with accessibility in
mind will make a wider range of
guests feel more welcome, creating
opportunities for longer and more
frequent visits full of fun!
Briana Valente is Marketing Manager at
Life Floor (briana.valente@lifefloor.com).
PHOTO COURTESY OF LIFE FLOOR

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