Orem will open a splash pad feature by Memorial Day as part of the Palisade Park at 1240 E. 850 North. For many, the design wait is over.
On Wednesday, the city released renderings and a video showing off the new splash pad design and its amenities.
“This splash pad has been a long time coming, but the impact on the community will last longer than the wait,” said Steven Downs, city spokesman. “This splash pad will further define Orem as ‘your place to play.’”
The splash pad will cost $830,000, provided by the city’s CARE tax.
“We said we wanted to spend this much on a splash pad and asked those bidding to give us the most they could give for that amount. The results are amazing,” Downs said.
JLR Construction, who won the bid, will begin construction as soon as the weather breaks, according to Karl Hirst, parks and recreation director.
“It’s been a very good collaborative effort between citizens, the city, and a talented construction team,” Hirst said. “I’ll be very glad when it is open. I’m very excited.”
Hirst said it’s a perfect spot in Orem for a splash pad. Palisade Park also features a playground, covered pavilion and a snack shack.
According to Downs, the design concept recommended by the selection committee reflects the surrounding area and the city’s agriculture history.
The headwaters are designed to resemble Mount Timpanogos and Bridal Veil Falls with five water lines.
The middle path is a full waterfall that people can get behind. Two are contact walls, where water runs down the wall. One is a split fall that allows currents to run down the wall, and the last is a separated fall that starts running down the wall and separates in a fall midway down.
A video shared by the city shows there is a segment of the design that portrays the headwaters with Mount Timpanogos as the backdrop.
“I think they did a pretty good job of capturing the specific location,” Downs said.
A shade structure styled like three sails is positioned to shade the area that is anticipated for the youngest users and stationary parents. The highest point to the north to maximize the shade is based on the position of the sun during the open dates.
It also features a river channel and islands with spray and rock seating.
A large “weave” nozzle is in the center (the first in Utah), and an additional 22 nozzles are spread along the river and spray area.
“Nozzles will spray and shut off based on a repeating program,” Downs indicated.
The pad is designed to use 1,000 gallons per minute with 200 gallons per minute coming over the headwaters, and the remaining amount through nozzles and a bubble up system at the base.
“In talking with other cities, the chemical systems have been unable to keep up with the bather load. Which has caused the splash pad to have to shut down to allow the chemical levels to catch up,” Downs said. “The chemical capacity has been doubled in this design to help eliminate that problem.”
As for the amenities, the rock features are actual rocks and not imitation. Traditional benches will be added later through Eagle Scout projects.
Downs said additional shade will be provided as the city watches the use pattern of the area. A brick pump house will also be constructed.