Splashpads Help OK State Parks Become More Kid Friendly
Oklahoma State Parks had a vision to update their parks and in particular enhance their outdated pools making them more kid friendly. Many of the pools were outdated and in need of repairs and improvements.
During the past few years, Oklahoma State Parks have achieved this vision of more kid friendly parks by updating the existing pool areas and adding Splashpads or water features beside the pools at seven different state parks.
Lake Wister State Park in Wister
The first park updated was Lake Wister State Park in 2007. The pool at Lake Wister was too expensive to repair so it was completely converted to a Splashpad. Features of the Splashpad include a Bucket Trio, two Water Cannons, an Aqua Dome, a Raining Flower, and multiple Ground Sprays that include two Safeswap Expandable Ground Sprays. The expandable ground sprays can be converted to above ground features at any time. Families love going to Lake Wister because there are tons of activities and outdoor adventures to partake in. It’s like taking a mini vacation that is affordable, and within driving distance!
Sequoyah State Park in Hulbert
In 2011, Sequoyah State Park went through major renovations. They updated their cabins and lodging facilities along with a major pool renovation. This is a great place to take the little ones because they’ll have a blast entering the zero-entry pool and Splashpad. The Splashpad and water play area includes several ground sprays, along with two water cannons, dumping flowers, raining leaves, a Waterbug for the little ones and the always popular Aqua Dome. Along with the pool and Splashpad, the park has swing sets and horseback riding making it a great place to visit for a weekend adventure.
Red Rock Canyon State Park
In 2013, construction was completed at the Red Rock Canyon State Park pool. The existing pool was updated and a small Splashpad was added beside the pool. It features a Boat Mast and Waterbug for the little ones. At Red Rock Canyon State Park, nature and outdoor adventure is welcomed. You’re able to take a walk on two different nature trails, along with descending down the canyon walls or hang out and relax at the pool.
Boiling Springs State Park
Boiling Spring State Park added a Splashpad beside their pool in 2014. The Splashpad features two ground geysers, dumping bells, a water tunnel and a Waterbug. Along with the Splashpad and pool, the family can enjoy one of the oldest state parks in Oklahoma. It gets its name from the natural “boiling” spring that still flows.
Roman Nose State Park
Roman Nose State Park also added a small Splashpad beside their pool in 2014. It features two dumping flowers and an interactive Team Spray water feature that teaches children cause and effect when the ground sprays are stepped on. When the ground sprays are stepped on, streams of water shoot higher into the air. Also at Roman Nose State Park, the family can enjoy an 18-hole golf course, multiple swimming pools, hiking trails, two lakes, fishing, canoeing, paddle boats, and anything outdoors related.
Robbers Cave Park in Wilburton
In 2014, Robbers Cave State Park also updated their existing pool and added a Splashpad. The Splashpad includes an Aqua Dome, two dumping buckets, a foaming geyser, and a water jelly for the little ones. Robbers Cave State Park features the swimming pool and Splashpad along with a miniature golf course, and a lake to paddleboat.
Tenkiller State Park in Vian
Construction is currently underway at the Tenkiller State Park pools. As part of the pool renovations, they are adding a Vortex Elevation play structure to their pool. The Elevations feature is a multi-level water play structure in the pool that includes a slide, a super large dumping bucket, and several interactive water features such as a water cannon on the structure. The new pool will be open Summer 2016. The park also has fishing and a Nature Center for children to enjoy.