Kiwanis Park Splash Pad

Tempe, Arizona

An iconic play experience.

  • Design principles included: create a safe and secure site, engage with the surrounding community, be an inclusive play experience, and create an oasis that is both comfortable and fun for kids.

  • The design team assisted with a site analysis and feasibility study as part of site selection.

  • The outreach process included community events at the park, face to face conversations, and online surveys.

The City desired a multifunctional destination splash experience to maximize the value of their investment. The design team developed a concept of ‘The Cloud’: an artful and playful floating structure that distributed water in an iconic way, while providing shade for the pad and surrounding seating. The design team also worked with the splash pad features to ensure all elements could be easily maintained and removable during the ‘off-season’ – allowing the City to clear the pad to host events and performances during the winter months, doubling the usability of the plaza space.

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