Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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our community came from," said former-town manager Gilbert Davidson. The town's vision for the new farm-themed splash pad was to create a destination where adults and children could spend time together, while celebrating Marana's agrarian history in a playful way. The 4,500-square-foot splash pad combines inspired design with whimsical water toys. Landscape architecture and engineering firm, EPS Group, was instrumental in not only selecting the aquatic installations, but also in developing a master plan for the splash pad's themed sections. Individual areas are defined, and as children flow through the splash pad, they encounter a variety of farmstead experiences. Marana's history unfolds like a story in both the layout and the play equipment selected for each themed experience. In close collaboration with Aqua Design International, EPS Group chose water toys from a portfolio provided by Vortex Aquatic Structures International. Horsehead water cannons, a spinning watermill, towering sunflowers and a custom-built tractor provide the stimuli that fuel a child's imagination. "We wanted the toys to not just be fun, but stimulating, too, for people of all ages," said Tom Snyder, EPS Group's director of landscape architecture. "Inclusivity was a consideration as well. The splash pad had to be accessible to young and old, and all levels of ability." Above: In a concerted effort to preserve Marana, Arizona's fading agrarian history, the town purchased property formerly owned by Gladden Farms along the Santa Cruz River. The intent was to develop a park that would honor the community's past. With its farm-themed water toys set within distinct farmstead experiences, Marana Heritage River Park's new splash pad instantly became a popular regional attraction. A team led by EPS Group designed the 4,500-square-foot splash pad on 1.4 acres near an existing playground and ball fields. September 2018 61 a Splash Town History Celebrated Through Themed Splash Pad Landscape Architecture by EPS Group

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