Looking for a beautiful and efficient use of backyard space? Consider a splash pad!

Looking for a beautiful and efficient use of backyard space? Consider a splash pad!

Looking for a beautiful and efficient use of backyard space? Consider a splash pad!

Creating an Escape at Home: Splash Pads

From Apartment Therapy

If your backyard space doesn’t allow for a swimming pool, and you are tired of the “Slip n’ slide” or garden hose to cool off your kids in the hot summer months, consider the splash pad.  The splash pad consists of a relatively flat area with some type of water feature and recirculation system, and can be cheaper, more efficient, and believe it or not, beautiful.  This post from Apartment Therapy gives some great ideas and even a DIY kit for building one’s own Splash Pad in the backyard.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Actually, splash pads can be beautiful and make efficient use of space and resources. Marcos and Amanda’s gorgeous splash pad (first photo) was completely DIY. If you have DIY ambitions but need some help on the technical end then you can look into DIY kits. If you’re already looking at professional hardscaping then your contractor should be able to integrate splash pad function and design with your plan, creating a multipurpose space that works for your family long-term.

Private splash pads have been growing in popularity for a number of reasons; they are a great small space solution for major outdoor fun (they can be as small as 100 sf), and are cheaper, safer, and far more water efficient than maintaining a private pool. We frequent a public splash pad, but got major splash pad envy when we saw these:

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