Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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The colorful rubber surfacing also plays into the overall design theme. Green and red striping represent the neat rows of a plowed field; a blue winding pathway signifies the Santa Cruz River, complete with a tunnel of water sprays that children can run through. The town of Marana wanted the splash pad to blend contextually with established components within Marana Heritage River Park. The custom tension fabric shade structure covering much of the pad is nearly identical to the one erected over the adjacent playground. It was designed to be large enough to provide relief to adults sitting along the splash pad perimeter as they watch their children frolic. The restroom building contains the splash pad's pump house, where water is reclaimed and cleaned. The system has been equipped with the ability to recycle the water as well, which can then be used later for irrigation. "Apart from adhering to the agrarian theme, we were given free rein in the splash pad's design," said Snyder. "As we worked with the town in developing a conceptual site layout, we realized the cost estimate for the design was nearly double than what had been budgeted. Rather than cutting features, however, the town was so excited about the project that they immediately began looking for additional funding. And I think it resulted in a big win for all – the town and its residents." Town of Marana recreation coordinator, Kevin Goodrich, estimates the splash pad receives more than 17,000 visitors annually. "The facility holds organized events throughout the season, such as Above: The windmill toy, with its spinning blades releasing constant streams of water, was originally going to be located under the canopy. Though the shade structure was designed tall enough to accommodate its height, water from the windmill splashed and collected on top of the canopy. In a seamless move, the water tower took its place. Middle: Among the most popular splash pad features is the Horse Corral. Aspiring cowboys and cowgirls can rotate the colorful canons and shoot water at one another inside a fixed zone, without disrupting the play of other children around them. 62 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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