According to Ryan Werlich of Rain Deck, residential splash pads have been steadily gaining popularity for the past few years. “Our splash pads have gotten exposure through television shows such as DIY Yard Crashers,” he says. If you want to save money, don’t have the space for a pool, or are looking for a safe way to stay cool, a splash pad is for you. “A splash pad is fun for kids during the day and at night when the adults are ready to entertain, a splash pad makes a great water feature, plus dogs also love splash pads. They can also serve as a patio area when not in use,” explains Werlich.
If you’re thinking of installing a splash pad in your backyard you need a small level area. “If you have limited space in your backyard, a splash pad is perfect,” says Werlich, “A splash pad can be smaller than 100 sq. ft or as large as you can imagine.” Furthermore, a splash pad can be right next to the side of a building, making them a good option for sideyards. Splash pads may also be installed as pool tie-ins when building a new pool.
Werlich points out that more landscapers are seeking education and gaining knowledge about the installation of splash pads. “The process is similar to installing sprinklers,” he notes. “For residential splash pads, the pump, filter and manifold are usually installed above ground, while the tank is installed below ground, along with the piping and drain(s).” The paved surface of the splash pad is slightly sloped towards a center drain that funnels away excess water.
Splash pads from Rain Deck are available in kits or can be customized for a specific design. Rain Deck also offers above ground features that can be incorporated into their splash pad designs. According to Werlich the most popular features are the Rainy Palm Tree, Water Umbrella and Fire Hydrant.