The 5,000-square-foot splashpad is part of a park project designed to be a first-of-its kind town park that creates a flexible recreation destination for the region and gives locals a place to picnic, play, and be active.
The park is the trail head to the Osage Railroad Trail so it was important to utilize the opportunity to make the town of Skiatook a new destination. The challenge was to reestablish the unused railroad property and other natural resources as community assets that maximize beneficial economic, ecological and social uses ensuring protection of human health and the environment.
Completed in 2011 at a cost of 250,000 the splash pad offers an interactive, entertaining escape for children. The project includes shade shelters; furnishings including benches, tables and trash receptacles; restrooms; decorative lighting; and ample parking.
Seating for the splash pad consists of tables and chairs situated underneath five shade sails, and a seat wall that creates a buffer between the Osage Trail and the splash pad.
Colored concrete creates a playful sunshine design for kids to enjoy. To provide traction, a medium broom finish was applied to the concrete along with a penetrating sealant for vibrant color longevity. Play amenities consist of both above-ground and in-ground features.