Vortex Aquatic Structures, the industry leader in aquatic playground and urban landscape solutions, has installed a Splashpad® at Georgetown Township, Jenison, MI.
Georgetown Township have added a Splashpad®, a playground and tennis courts with help from a state grant and contributions from its own funds to keep kids and residents active.
Nearby Maplewood Lake has been closed for the last few years for swimming due to water quality concerns. In addition, the costs of running community swimming pools have rocketed die to low attendance and high costs of maintenance and staffing. Based on 2011 attendance, the cost of operating three Grand Rapids pools for seven weeks during the summer cost $24.44 per swimmer per day which is significantly more than the community could charge residents to use the facility.
Second Ward City Commissioner, Rosalynn Bliss, said, “(Pools) are expensive. They will never bring in enough revenue to sustain them. Our community is a different place than when our pools were built and there are other swimming options such as at the YMCA or Kroc Center.”
Splashpads have proven to be a safe, inclusive and durable aquatic activity for children. Maintenance costs are much lower than swimming pools and Splashpads have the added benefit of longer operational hours and a longer season with no need for lifeguards.
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Splashpads are also a solution to aging wading pools which can be inefficient with water use. Wading pools can be easily converted or refurbished with Vortex Solutions to increase play value for children.
If you would like to learn more about Wading Pool Conversion with a Vortex Solution, please register for our upcoming webinar “Transform Your Municipal Wading Pool with a Vortex Solution”:
Date: Thursday August 30th 2012
Time: 1:30pm EST, 10:30am PST
Spaces are limited so please register now to reserve your spot!