Municipal Splashpad Planning and Design

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Our team has provided planning and design services to help numerous municipalities to establish splashpads that provide recreation and community identity.

The demographics surrounding Lakeview Park in Middleton, Wisconsin, are highly mixed, and the park serves to integrate children of all backgrounds. The park’s 5,000-square-foot splashpad’s design elements include integral colored concrete patterns, low flow spray nozzles, garden themed vertical elements, benches, and a shade kite. Before designing the splashpad, our designers visited classrooms in the neighborhood schools to educate students about the project and to conduct a visual preference survey to determine what kinds of vertical elements attracted the most attention. The splashpad has significantly boosted park visits.

As Fitchburg, Wisconsin’s recognizable “central” park, Mckee Farms expanded its recreational offerings with a 4,000-square-foot splashpad. A feature unique to this project involved a private organization heading fundraising and the initial design process. Our team worked closely from the beginning with these entities to foster an agrarian theme based on historic land use.

Our team provided concept design and construction documents for Kenosha, Wisconsin’s Anderson Pool complex with the addition of a 3,800-square-foot interactive splashpad. The concept created a playful, colorful addition that contrasted the abundance of gray concrete decking. Circular “droplets” of color add a variation to the surface and provide added play opportunities for smaller children while enhancing the vibrancy of the area during the off-season. Tot areas are spaced around the perimeter with larger water features focused toward the center for older children. The family bay provides a transition between the two.

In conjunction with the City of Milton, Wisconsin, our team prepared a conceptual master plan for a splashpad in the historic town square. Using a collaborative approach to involve end users, we facilitated mini charettes involving various age groups at five schools as well as a community visioning workshop. The resulting design employs a design theme that celebrates the City’s rich history, including a tribute to the City’s historical railroad corridor.

In Rock Island, Illinois, we led a multidisciplinary design and construction team charged with redeveloping the only riverfront property along the Mississippi River. The multi-faceted design included a splashpad.

At Blue Mound State Park, our team worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to develop a feasibility study for the existing aging swimming pool complex and produce design development and construction documents. The project was a first for a Wisconsin State Park. The site’s context informed the “camp” design theme and allowed flexibility for custom features and site amenities to create a destination splashpad.

Project Information

Client's Name

City of Middleton

Location

Various Locations, US

Primary Service

Landscape Architecture

Client Type

Government-Local