The KLR Splashpad is the
first aquatic amenity at Michigan's Seymour Lake Township Park. The
splashpad itself is universally accessible and includes a range of
interactive features designed around a U.S. map created on the
The colorful map is stimulating for autistic children and enables
them to learn geography and develop through free play.
Water-play features are grouped into three areas: toddler bay, to
help develop motor skills for little children or those with
disabilities; family bay, which encourages interaction and
socialization; and teen bay, which helps older children develop a
sense of independence and confidence.
Throughout, there are several activators that trigger the various
aquatic features. Ground-level sensors enable individuals using
wheel chairs to activate the amenities.
The park includes several canvas awnings, benches, picnic areas,
nylon shade sails, sports fields, the Kids Kingdom (dry)
playground, and concession facilities for splashpad users.
The KLR Splashpad has a natural recirculation system that is used
for irrigation. Waste water is captured in a pond (home to various
amphibians and waterfowl) and used to irrigate four softball
In the fall, when the facility’s need for irrigation is
reduced, the pond size increases dramatically; when winter arrives,
it becomes a community ice skating rink.
Also, the waste water provides an additional resource for the fire
department, making it possible to quickly fill numerous trucks
during an emergency.
Since the opening of KLR Splashpad, visits to the park have
tripled. A major challenge is handling crowds.
From the start, on busy days traffic was exceeding capacity, so
operators decided to implement a traffic-style stop light. Each
child receives a red, yellow or green bracelet before entry. The
traffic light periodically flashes different colors, allowing all
children to come in and play at various times.
“This park is a wonderful example of how
inclusive sprayparks can be for children of all ages and abilities
when done with careful thought and
- 4,285-square-foot universally
- King Kingdom dry playground and concession facilities
- 3 play zones to accommodate children of
different age levels and abilities
- Features, including spray cannons, designed around a
colorful map of the United States
- Flow-through water system, with water recaptured for
- Traffic light-inspired crowd control