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Who needs a babysitter with one of these things?

Video marketing for a splash pad

Splash Pad, New York’s Battery Park July 2010

Splash pads are popping up everywhere lately, and why not? It seems like instant entertainment for hours and hours. I stumbled upon this water playground while in New York. As a $300,000 line item, it doesn’t seem like a a bad investment at all in terms of fun-per-hour.

The bayfront plan, to be presented to the city commission at their next meeting, includes a splash pad between the Clinch Park Beach and the proposed Con Foster Commons.

Illustration provided by Johnson Hill Land Ethics Studio & URS

Parents and kids out there, what do you think?

Imagine slightly heated water to make it usable for 6-7 months out of the year.


  1. Kate
    July 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Love the splash pad! I’ve seen several in action in cities and they’re a huge attraction and a really great example of a community gathering place. In a similar vein, there was a funky 70s-era fountain near where I lived in Reston, VA that was always full of kids and was such a joyful place. Farmer’s market nearby, outdoor cafe seating all around, lots of people strolling through – it was my favorite spot in town.

  2. July 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I would very much love this and so would Wren. For a bit. It is, however, a bit of an ironic choice given the proximity to the Bay. The water’s edge is Wren’s most favorite place. I’m afraid a few minutes would be spent at the splash pool and then she’d head off to nature’s playground…

  3. July 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I thought so at first, but considering that the bay is typically below 60 degrees, having a splash pad next to it could be useful. Another interesting location for a splash pad is the parking lot on Cass St. and State St. The DDA has a mock-up of that being converted into a town square. The splash pad then could be worked in as primarily a design feature, but as a bonus would be a way to get soaked on a hot day.

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