Choosing the Right Aquatic Play Structure for Your Park

Posted: Oct 22, 2020
Choosing the Right Aquatic Play Structure for Your Park

Whether you are looking for a new aquatic playground to add to your existing waterpark or you are in the stages of opening a brand new waterpark, the Splashtacular team is here to help. As innovators of fun, we know firsthand that aquatic playgrounds and play structures can be fun for the whole family. With so many options, styles, and colors to choose from, how does anyone go about choosing the right one? Lucky for you, as leading aquatic playground experts, the Splashtacular team has walked quite a few clients through the decision making process before. To make the process a little easier, we are sharing all of our tips with you today! Keep reading below to learn more.  

Choosing the Right Aquatic Play Structure for Your Park


  1. Evaluate Your Budget 

  The first step to making any decision related to your park is evaluating your budget. How much can you afford to spend on this new addition? Once you have a budget in mind, it is time to meet with the pros! Work with a qualified aquatic playground manufacturer, such as the Splashtacular team, to determine what the best bang for your buck is. Depending on what your goal for the new addition is, you may be advised to choose one big structure or a couple of smaller structures.


  1. Figure Out How to Maximize Your Budget

  When it comes to a new adding a new aquatic playground to your park, the structure itself isn’t the only thing that contributes to the budget. You will also need to consider additional costs such as water supply lines, pump systems, and building foundations. Like choosing the structure, a qualified vendor will be able to help you assess existing equipment to determine if you may be able to avoid some of these costs by using pre-existing pumps and water lines.  

  1. Consider the Existing Attractions

  When choosing a new aquatic playground for an existing park, it is important to think about the attractions you already have when adding a new one. You want your park to have a cohesive theme, look, and feel throughout, but strike a balance of variety for different types of guests. Work with your park management team and vendor to evaluate your existing play structures and rides to determine what type of play structure will be best.  

  1. Think About Your Target Age Group

What age group is this new structure going to be geared towards? Young children only? Older children only? Or a mix of both? The target demographic will play a big part in determining which play structure you choose to install. Again, start by thinking about the existing structures in your park. Do they cater to a particular age group? If so you will want to try and aim your new play structure at an older or younger group accordingly to ensure your park is fun for the whole family!  

  1. Safety Above All Else

  When installing a new play structure or any other attraction at your park, it is imperative to prioritize safety first. Things to consider to ensure a safe experience for all when choosing and installing a new play structure include:

  • Proximity to a lifeguard stand and/or First Aid station
  • Visibility of children for parents nearby
  • Number of access points in and out
  • Materials used
  • Constructions standards

  If you are considering adding a new aquatic playground to your park, the Splashtacular team is here to help. Give us a call today to learn more about our splash pads, spray features, slides, and more!