On the eve of the 2008 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Congress and Exposition, we caught up with Glenn Barrie, who will be one of the presenters of “Spray parks: Riding the Wave of the Future.”
The session will cover key design elements of spray parks, as well as location considerations and selection of components in an effort to develop a complete and inclusive recreation facility, and ongoing operational issues of such a facility. The session is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 17.
Barrie is principal, Camellian PlayScapes LLC, a Collegeville, Pa.-based firm that represents manufacturers in the recreation industry.
GovPro.com: Have you seen any evidence or trend data/statistics that show more communities are installing spray parks?
GB: I am not aware of any hard market-research data on this subject. What I can say is that communities large and small are faced with aging aquaticsand shrinking budgets. Spray parks are a cost-effective solution to supplement or even replace traditional pool facilities. They create a great deal of excitement for all community members regardless of swimming ability.
GovPro.com: Do you have any advice for park/recreation directors or other city administrators who are thinking of installing a spray park?
GB: Do your research to determine what is the best course of action for your community. Consult with local construction officials as well as state health departments to determine what regulations you will need to abide by. Work with a knowledgeable representative from a reputable company who can provide you with durable equipment that is designed for a commercial environment. Spray parks are much more complex than traditional dry playground equipment and clients are bound to have numerous questions along the way that will need to be quickly and accurately answered.
The NRPA Congress and Expo will take place from Oct. 14-18 in Baltimore. For more information, visit http://www.nrpacongress.org.