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Spray Pad Practitioner Program

Instructed by: 

Scott Bowron

Remember running through the backyard sprinkler as kids? In the 90s, the idea of the sprinkler came to life in a whole new way when the recreation world started to include spray pads, sometimes called "splash pads". Since that time, the spray pad has become the most requested piece of park equipment in North America. New urban areas and existing alike want this type of equipment in their community.

With this increasing demand, are you prepared to deal with the choices (and possibly trade-offs) that will need to be made when dealing with the installation of this type of equipment? Location, required features, surface materials, water treatment and testing, signage, maintenance and inspections, and more, all need to be considered when installing a spray pad. Learn how to make this important play feature the best that it can be for the children in your community.

This course will cover: 

  • Design philosophy
  • Considerations for construction
  • Water treatment and testing
  • Flow through, recirculation and retain and reuse systems
  • Equipment (ie. pumps, strainers, UV)
  • Inspections (daily, pre-opening, pre-season)
  • Signage
  • Winterizing
  • Ministry guidelines

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive a certificate indicating that they have received basic operations awareness training of spray pads. 

This course is worth 2 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

Want to host this session? 

For this session we require a classroom large enough to accommodate 20 people and has access to a large table for equipment display, whiteboard, computer, projector and screen. a projector and screen available. The classroom needs to be near an active spray pad (preferably an operating circulated pad).  Please provide pictures of your facility so we can confirm if the site will suit our instructors needs.  

Here's what people say about this course:

  • "The practical and theory allowed a thorough understanding of the material taught"
  • "The field visits to look at actual splash pads are a great addition to the course"
  • "Good information that will help our municipality with our first splash pad install"
  • "I thought it was great! Lots of interaction and experience sharing made it a great course"
  • "The information was delivered well!" 
  • "Scott is very knowledgeable and passionate about this topic"
  • "Excellent coverage of topics, maintenance and design processes"
  • "Great discussions in a group format, hands on activities were perfect additions, and we went on a site visit ~ this course has a lot to offer!"


Upcoming events

    • 25 Jun 2024
    • 8:30 AM
    • 26 Jun 2024
    • 4:30 PM
    • Rockmosa Community Centre-110 Rockmosa Drive, Rockwood, Ontario, N0B 2K0
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    With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities, are you prepared to plan for, install and maintain this type of play equipment? 

    If not, we have you covered with this training! Ontario Parks Association has developed this course to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to work with spray pads. This session is the first of its kind in North America and has been an exciting addition our training line-up at OPA. 

    Whether you are an operator, supervisor, manager, or health official, you will want to attend this exciting course to gain a stronger understanding of this increasingly popular equipment. 

    This course will cover:

    • Design philosophy
    • Considerations (ages, collaborative play, inclusive play, sensory stimulation, motor skills, etc.)
    • Selecting colors, location and patterns
    • Types of fixtures (fiberglass, stainless, aluminum, fixed and removable)
    • Determining shape and size
    • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
    • Surfacing options
    • Considerations for construction
    • Water treatment and testing
    • Flow through, recirculation and retain and reuse systems
    • Equipment (pumps, strainers and UV)
    • Inspections (daily, pre-opening and pre-season)
    • Signage
    • Winterizing
    • Ministry guidelines

    DATE: June 25th & 26th, 2024

    TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    LOCATION: Rockmosa Community Centre - 110 Rockmosa DriveRockwood, OntarioN0B 2K0


    OPA Member: $433.00

    OPA Potential Member: $679.00

    Within 2 weeks of completing this course, you will receive a letter from Ontario Parks Association acknowledging your participation, new and advanced knowledge of spray pads, and effort towards helping us achieve our mandate of Protecting Tomorrow Today┬«

    Register Here online.  You can pay online.

For more information on hosting or attending, please send an email referencing the course title to

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