- Spray pool
A spray pool is a recreation area, often in a
public park, that sprays waterso that users can play in it. The water typically emanates from a point on or near the ground, but in some cases this same kind of mechanism will be installed so as to emanate from near the surface of a swimming poolor wading pool. In other cases, a ring of jets will shoot arcs of water towards a center point.
A typical definition was laid out by a 1996 Heath Act in
British Columbiawhich stated that a spray pool is "an artificially constructed depression or basin for use by children, into which potable wateris sprayed but not allowed to accumulate in the bottom." [ [http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/reg/H/Health/Health289_72/289_72.htm#section2 Provisions of the Health Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 179] ]
Similarly, the city of
Norfolk, Virginiaspecifically defines a spray pool as "any shallow manmade structure constructed from materials other than natural earth or soil used for spraying humans with water and which has a drainage area designated to remove the water from the shower or spray nozzles at a rate sufficient to prevent the impounding of water." [ [http://www.norfolk.gov/pub_health/Codes.asp City of Norfolk, Virginia: Codes and Regulations of Interest] ]
Depending upon the strength and arc of the flow, the force of the spray can be relatively strong (especially close to the point where the water emerges) or may have more resemblance to
rainfallor even a fine mist. When not combined with a swimming poolor wading pool, a spray pool sometimes has a shallow "splash pool" a few inches deep.
As mentioned, the area beneath a spray pool typically has
drainopenings so that the water it produces will not floodthe surrounding landscape. In some instances, the water collected in these drains is recycledback into the spray mechanism, thereby conserving water. In other cases, the water emanating from the spray nozzles is continually drawn from a fresh water supplyas previously mentioned.
summertime and especially prevalent in urban areas, the spray pool offers an alternative to the practice of opening fire hydrants so that children can play and cool off in the water - a practice which is illegal and has been cited as dangerous in that it lowers the water pressurein a given area and makes firefightingmore difficult. [ [http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/press_releases/07-30pr.shtml The City of New York] ]
Placement and management of spray pools a varies according to the municipality in which they are located. For example:
Boston Common, the so-called "Frog Pond" (which is a public ice-skating rinkin winter) features a spray pool for children in the summer. [ [http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/OpenSpace_07draft/OSP0812Section7.3.3EN.pdf] Open Space management for Emerald Necklace] The facility is managed by the Boston Common Frog Pond Foundation and staffed by youth workers from the Boston Youth Fund. [ [http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/TTD/frogpond_summer.asp City of Boston: Boston Common Spray Pool] ]
* The spray pool at Phillips Park in
Aurora, Illinoisdates from the 1930s and has closed and reopened several times. It is now part of the Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center next to the Phillips Park Zoo. [ [http://www.aurora-il.org/parksandrecreation/municipalparks/phillipspark/timeline.php Phillips Park - History Time Line] ]
*Seattle & King County,
Washingtonhas a "Plan Guide for Water Recreation Facilities - Spray Pools" listing very specific considerations such as the use of non-slip surfaces and the positioning of the spray pools so as to "minimize pollutionby dust, smoke, sootand other undesirable substances." [ [http://www.metrokc.gov/health/pools/spraypools-planguide.doc Seattle & King County, Pool Plan Review Application] ]
Oregon City, Oregonhas a spray pool at the Oregon City Carnegie Center. Formerly run by the city, the center and its programs recently reopened under the auspices of a private organization called Fine Art Smarts. [ [http://www.oregoncityparks.org/classes-and-activities/documents/Trailnews_Summer2005.pdf City of Oregon City: Trail News] ] [ [http://www.occarnegie.org/ Oregon City Carnegie Center] ]
*North Berwyn Park District in
Berwyn, Illinoisoffers a permit for the use of a city-owned community centerand spray pool for birthday parties. [ [http://www.nbpd4fun.org/PDF/SprayPoolForm.pdf North Berwyn Park District] ]
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