Completed in 2009, the Wooten Park spraypark project was custom designed by Rain Drop Products, which came up with a completely sea plane-focused design, customized to match the theme of the city of Tavares, Fla., “America’s Seaplane City.” The central element in the spraypark is the Rain Plane feature, which has working lights and propellers that turn to create the effect of splashing down in the water.
Some spraypark elements are aquatic-themed in nature, further tying the project into the waterfront Wooten Park location on Lake Dora. The deck of the splash pad was designed to look like water, with alligator and fish head spray features. It has multicolored Tuffcoat nonslip coating, for aesthetic and safety reasons.
The Wooten Park splashpark was the first phase of an $8 million upgrade project, which also included an 83-slip marina, a ship’s store modeled after the historic Woodlea House, new seaplane ramp, fueling facilities for seaplanes and boats, and a custom LED lighting and sound system that illuminates the surrounding canopy of live oaks. A future addition to the area is in the works: a replica of the historic Tavares Pavilion, an over-water, 2-story community gathering place.