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Public Splashpads: Closing the Funding Gap With an Equitable Pay-to-Play Strategy
Demographics, recreational needs, and expectations have shifted. And although Splashpad areas continue to hold onto the No. 1 spot on the list of most commonly planned features for park facilities, changes in funding for these types of projects have not kept pace. Adding to these challenges, the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated more than ever the essential role of local parks and high-quality amenities, showing a record-setting usage across the United States. But that same crisis has also generated one of the greatest budget crises for recreation agencies.

A pay-to-play Splashpad, if adapted to local needs and carefully planned for equitable access, can be a successful model to enhance the quality of the amenities and generate destination appeal.

This presentation will explore how to successfully plan and design a pay-to-play Splashpad. In this presentation, attendees will :
• Learn how to masterplan a Splashpad project that elevates destination appeal, and incorporates successful revenue-generating amenities and programming opportunities.
• Examine the design considerations to support operations in the context of a pay-to-play model.
• Learn about pay-to-play admission fees, equitable access considerations, and how this should be reflected in the planning phase and physical environment.
• Understand with real-life case studies the design considerations, programming opportunities, revenue-generating amenities, and overall best practices for a successful pay-to-play Splashpad project.

This course is approved by LA CES and AIA. It qualifies for 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) and Learning Units (LU) and covers subjects related to Health, Safety, and Welfare. To qualify for continuing education credits, be sure to fill in all fields in the registration form, and the questionnaire following the presentation.

Jim Bassi
Director of Sales – North America, Vortex Aquatic Structures International

Oct 13, 2021 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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