While splash pads are a great source of fun and entertainment for children, many of our clients have found that they make fantastic water features for their backyards. They love having a water feature that adds to the look and feel of the backyard, provides the soothing sound of water and is still safe for their children to play in. In the past, fountains and ponds have typically been the standard, but if you’re in search of something more contemporary and easier to maintain, a splash pad is the modern twist on backyard water features you’ve been looking for.
We recently visited the home of a Phoenix resident to discuss the installation of a splash pad in her backyard. The grandmother of 5 told us that she occasionally has her grandchildren over to visit and likes the idea of having something for them to do outside other than a swimming pool. But more important to her was being able to enjoy the splash pad for herself as a water feature. She hoped it would add to the ambiance of her backyard and also hoped that the sound of water would drown out some of the traffic noise from a nearby road.
As we discussed different design options with her, we couldn’t help but notice a water fountain just to the side of her back patio. It looked like it had definitely seen better days. When asked about the water fountain, she said that she still planned on using the fountain from time to time, but that it gets dirty easily and is difficult to clean. She also said that she would never dream of letting her grandchildren play with the water in the fountain.
We’ve all seen those water fountains that, no matter how beautiful and pristine they start out as, soon turn green with algae as the surfacing begins to crack and peel away. Many of these fountains and other backyard water features, such as ponds or waterfalls, are designed to be simple to clean and maintain. However, if you’re not paying attention, things can go south quickly.
More and more people are beginning to see the advantages of having a splash pad in their backyard that serves as more than just pure entertainment for the kids. Splash pads are easy to maintain and great for adding atmosphere to your yard with their clean and neat design. You can choose a splash pad design that matches the layout of your backyard with a selection of sprays and features to give you just the water feature you want. Even the smallest splash pad can produce the perfect amount of sound of water – whether it’s more of a waterfall sound or just the pitter-patter of rain.
Planning an event in your backyard? Not a problem! When they’re not in use, splash pads serve as great additional patio space. All of the ground features are set to be flush with the surface of the pad so they won’t interfere with tables, chairs or anything else you may need to set up. Any above ground features can be easily removed to give you more room.
Add LED lights to your splash pad and now you’ve got a water feature that really comes alive once the sun goes down. The water catches the light in just the right way to completely change the look of your yard. It’s fun to look at, relaxing, and the best part is, you can let your kids or grandkids play in it without having to worry about what’s in the water.
So if you’re looking for just the right water feature to create an amazing atmosphere in your backyard, consider a Splash Zone splash pad. (For those of you who are really into Koi and algae, maybe stick with the traditional water fountain or pond. )
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