You don’t need to look at your calendar to determine that yes, summer has arrived in the desert and boy is it HOT! It doesn’t matter if it’s a dry heat either, no matter what they say, because once the mercury rises over the 100 degree mark, there is no getting comfortable without a sturdy air conditioning unit or some kind of water play in your backyard, but are you really ready for the commitment of a pool? Your children are young, your yard is too small, and maybe you just aren’t ready for the financial impact on your bank account that building a pool may cause. We get it, a pool isn’t the right answer for everyone, but there’s still that sticky issue of the heat that could be forcing you to stay inside for the next four or five months, unless you consider constructing a spectacular splash pad for your private oasis at home! Once relegated to shopping centers and parks, today’s splash pads can be as small and simple as you want or as large and elaborate as you wish and are specifically designed with the needs of a residential property in mind. This guide will help you find the splash pad that will change your life for the better.
Keep it Simple
Arizona may have miles of mountain and desert landscapes, but what we don’t have is acres of yard space. Many homes are built on what are called keyhole lots in a move that allows builders to build a lot of homes on tiny plots of land. If your backyard is practically non-existent, you’ll want to start looking at the smaller, simpler splash pad kits, consisting of a few nozzles and a drain. These smaller pads are a more elegant option than a sprinkler and hose and can be far cheaper than the larger, more elaborate kits!
Of course, if you have a little more room and a little larger budget, you can move up to the next size and include a safety surface that helps prevent the nasty scrapes and bumps that can accompany a concrete version of a splash pad. Coming in a variety of colors, it is designed to keep your child from skidding on the slippery base and can add a cheerful look to your backyard—especially if you choose the more popular blues and greens for the color! For more elaborate setups, fun designs can be added to the surface, and for the hot desert days, it is recommended homeowners stick with a lighter color to avoid burning sensitive feet.
Add a Little Shade and More Nozzles
Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to venture into the creative by adding structures to your splash pad. A tall “tree,” a giant mushroom, or maybe just a sunshade strung from colorful poles built into the sides of your pad can turn a day of fun in the sun into a shady adventure! The trees and mushrooms do have the added benefit of coming with their own nozzles for more water fun, of course, but the sunshade and pole option can be less expensive.
Go All Out!
If you have seen the splash sections of water parks and thought how cool they were, you’ll be happy to know that even the most elaborate of designs can be constructed in your own backyard! Add slides and buckets that fill with water, dumping onto unsuspecting and giggling children’s heads when they least expect it, put in a giant “fire hydrant” with nozzles coming out from every angle, or stick with the desert theme of your backyard and add a gigantic “palm tree” with water falling out of the center of its fronds! The only limit to the fun accessories you can add will be the size of your yard and the depth of your pocketbook; prices do go up with each new toy added, of course!
But What If You Already Have a Pool?
The good news is you don’t have to nix the splash pad if you already have a pool. If your yard is large enough, go ahead and invest in both! Pools are great for exercise and keeping cool on hot summer nights, but splash pads can be the perfect addition for families with younger children; just set them up away from the pool and prepare for your little ones to have the greatest time of their lives!
The Options for Your Splash Pad Are Endless
Whether you choose the simple fountain type splash pad or the more elaborate water park type with all the bells and whistles, choosing New Image Landscape and Pools to help with the install will ensure you enjoy the new addition to your at home oasis for years to come. Give us a call today!