When Typhoon Texas Waterpark in Katy, Texas was being built, it needed something even more important than the fastest waterslides or laziest of rivers. It needed a strong, safe barrier surrounding the whole park. The contractors worked with Travis Burrow at Clements Fence Company to install the perimeter fencing: a tall, wrought-iron fence with pointed tips.
Adding a fence around a pool or waterpark is a crucial, if not legally required, part of managing a public facility. It’s the easiest and strongest way to protect people, particularly children, from accidents and drownings. It can keep out unwanted animals and protect the facility from break-ins or unauthorized use during after-hours. It is also efficient at managing crowds and entry.
Fences for public facilities should be at least eight feet tall and no more than four inches in between bars (the same width holds true for private pools, too). When choosing a fence type for a facility such as a waterpark, the rest of the details come down to aesthetics and personal choice, Burrow says. Facilities can select a wrought iron fence or a chain link fence, for example. At Typhoon, the fence chosen was the Fortress Titan, with a pressed pleat at the top that’s pointed, but not sharp. It’s enough to deter people from trying to climb it, but would not harm anyone if they succeeded. “We’re not going to put razors on top,” Burrow says. Fence companies are typically well-versed in the laws and requirements of the local jurisdiction, which can vary from city to county, and will work with the facility designers to select the most appropriate fence.
However, while fences can be quite secure, it doesn’t hurt to have a guard patrol the area to make sure people aren’t trying to sneak in, particularly at night. Having an alarm system can also help deter people from trying to enter when they shouldn’t be.
Even during the day, the fence serves as a barrier around the facility to avoid having the public just sneak in. “People can’t just walk in,” Burrow says. “They have to pay to get in.” It also helps keep young children within the facility and prevent them from wandering away.
Inspectors look at post footings, how much concrete is in each hole to hold up each pole, and the spacing in between railings (four inches or less). They will also check for fire and safety codes, and make sure the entrance and emergency gates are easy to push open for quick evacuation.
Maintenance is generally easy, Burrow says. The chlorine from a waterpark does not really affect wrought iron, especially since most come with a 25-year guarantee. The Fortress Titan fence at this particular waterpark is a galvanized steel construction and “pretty tough, so it won’t just corrode,” he says. At the most, weeds should be kept off the fence throughout the season and after. Hosing it down every so often can help keep it clean and presentable as well.
Most of all, a perimeter fence can help define the boundaries of the facility while keeping its customers safe and having fun.
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