It’s summertime in Atlanta (in case you forgot), and it’s hot outside. A lot of the playgrounds get super hot, waaaayyy too hot to go and play. So, what are you supposed to do with your kids?
A splash pad is an area for water play that has no standing water. This is said to eliminate the need for lifeguards or other supervision, as there is practically no risk of drowning.
Typically there are ground nozzles that spray water upwards out of the splash pad’s raindeck. There may also be other water features such as a rainbow (semicircular pipe shower), a mushroom shower, or a tree shower. As well, some splash pads feature movable nozzles similar to those found on fire trucks to allow users to spray others. Splashpads are an incredibly safe and fun way to cool off in the summer time! All these splashpads use treated, chlorinated water and run only at certain times of the day.
These things seem to be the new and trendy thing to put in playgrounds. Three splashpads (that I am aware of) have opened in the past year in Atlanta: DH Stanton Park, Historic Fourth Ward Park, and Piedmont Park Legacy Fountain. And of course, there is the old standby, the very popular tourist attraction of Centennial Park Fountain of Rings.
Check them out!