Opened last year, the Citrus Community Park Splashpad in Corona, Calif., was built to allow children and parents to cool off during the summer heat. The facility is the first spraypark in Corona and so far feedback has been positive, says Parks Director Gabe Garcia.

Design-wise, the universally accessible spray park was planned with a focus on local Southern California history as a major citrus-producing region. BMLA landscape architect firm used the citrus theme’s historical value throughout the project. Graceful leaf-shaped spray elements and colorful, translucent flowers combine with the colorful orange-slice patterned surfacing to attract children of all ages. A water cannon, spray tunnel and ground sprays complete the array of aquatic features.

This aquatic installation completes the park and recreation experience by adding play value to the other amenities, which include sports fields and a dry playground.

In planning the Citrus Community Park Splashpad the design team was very conscious of the need for water conservation. Recirculating water is a key step in managing the main WATER Resource. Water conservation features include, high efficiency filtration pumps and a touch activator bollard, which allows the community to save water and money since water features are only activated when a child presses on the button.

In addition, the project includes variable frequency drives, which can save up to 10 percent, and the stainless steel spray elements are 100 percent recyclable at the end of life. Products also use lead-free brass; and plastics are also recyclable through a program offered by the supplier. Re-grinding the product makes way for second-generation applications.


Opened: 2009

Cost: $710,000

Aquatic space: 2,800 square feet

Dream amenities: Municipal splashpad featuring a citrus theme


  • Dream Designer: Vortex International
  • Architect: BMLA
  • Contractor:Micon Construction
  • Landscape Architect: BMLA Landscape Architecture


  • Pentair Water Commercial Pool and Aquatics: Pool cleaners/vacuums, filters, pumps
  • Vortex International: Water-play equipment