Ray Parry Playgrounds Designed Splash Park Named a 2017 Dream Design
The new discovery-themed splash pad in Shrewsbury’s historic Quarry Park, is recognised in the annual Dream Design showcase by Aquatics International and a WORLD TOP 10 water park.
Ray Parry Playgrounds Ltd is excited to announce its splash pad installation in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park was recognised in the 2017 Dream Designs by Aquatics International Magazine. The new play space titled ‘Darwin’s Islands of Adventure’ was one of 10 destinations worldwide honoured in the annual showcase for excellence and innovation in aquatic facility design.
Replacing an under-used children’s wading pool built in the 1960s, the goal was to create a modern, inclusive aquatic attraction that would pay tribute to the town’s heritage as the birthplace of Charles Darwin. Designed by Tom Parry of Ray Parry Playgrounds Ltd with aquatic play experts WSL Site Services and Waterplay Solutions created a zero-depth splash pad to engage children in a world of nature discovery and playful exploration. A range of Waterplay features were selected—from a giant splashing butterfly to interactive snake and gecko ground sprays and tortoise water cannons—to tell the story of Darwin’s wildlife discoveries and voyages through the Galapagos Islands. High action elements were added with surprise tipping buckets, while bright blue and golden-hued pad surfacing create an immersive sand and sea theme. A recirculation system by Waterplay was also installed to help the park reduce its energy and water costs.
Part of an open-concept layout, the splash pad can be easily accessed by all ages and abilities alongside a dry play area. The innovative space design compliments the Quarry’s acclaimed gardens, adding tourism appeal for Shrewsbury’s 4 million plus annual visitors.
Ray Parry Playgrounds Ltd is honoured to be recognised as a 2017 Dream Design and to have helped shape this world-class aquatic space for the Shrewsbury community and visitors alike.