Feature Article - April 2011
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Puddle-Loving Fun

New Developments in Sprayground Design

By Deborah L. Vence

The Benefits

The advantages of spraygrounds are numerous, and speak to the communities that host these facilities.

"The benefits of spraygrounds to the Greeley community are that we can offer free opportunities for the youth to participate in our aquatics programs. These facilities are different than many others because they are renovated pools, complete with all the amenities that pools offer. We still have a bathhouse with men's and women's locker rooms, plenty of storage, an office space and a mechanical room with more than enough room to work in," Moya said.

"The area is fully fenced in to provide year-round security for the spraygrounds. Fencing was kept at these facilities due to hosting rentals and parties before and after the daily free operational hours. This has allowed us to offer a controlled environment for our users and to be able to generate revenue at facilities that were planned to be fully subsidized."

The cost-effectiveness of spraygrounds is priceless, too.

Greeley said that commercial spraygrounds—in comparison to commercial-sized pools—are very cost effective.

"You can take a small 150,000-gallon rectangle competitive style pool and no amenities with an expense budget of $35,000 and revenue of possibly $10,000 would operate at a $25,000 loss," Greeley said.