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A splash park is a water area for kids and adults to enjoy playing in to keep cool but has no standing water of any depth. This is said to eliminate the need for lifeguards, as there is practically no risk of drowning. Splash parks are also known as spray parks, spraygrounds, splash pads, splash pools, playground fountains, and water playgrounds or water playgrounds.
Typically there are in ground nozzles that spray water upwards out of the splash pad. There may also be other water features such as a rainbow (semicircular pipe shower shown at left), 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. The showers and ground nozzles are often controlled by a hand activated-motion sensor to run for limited time. Typically the water is either freshwater, or recycled and treated water, that is typically treated to at least the same level of quality as swimming pool water standards.
The splash park "pad" area is usually slip proof and cushioned to protect against injuries and falls but some splash parks have a fountain base of cement or decorative bricks.
Splash pads are usually open to the public with no fee required but some listed here on the Splash Pad Locator site are private residential or commercial parks. Private parks are built for the residents of a neighborhood, community or apartment complex and require a tag, key or guest pass to enter. Commercial splash parks are open to the public but require a fee the enter. Prices at commercial water parks vary.