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Turning on the waterworks


There’s a splashing good time on the horizon for residents of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who recently welcomed the city’s newest water park, Winston Waterworks. With outdoor facilities designed and installed by Vortex Aquatic Structures, a Canada- based manufacturer, Park World spoke to the park to find out more about the community inclusivity at the heart of fun…


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inston-Salem’s local residents, particularly the little ones, were the epicentre of the park’s design, and


Winston Waterwork’s Latoya Price told Park World that another key aim was to create a space where visitors could boost their confidence in the water. Uncertain swimmers will be able to conquer their fears, learning the basics in a conducive setting, and create positive memories with friends and family as they do so. “Winston Waterworks will provide a stress-free and family oriented environment,” says Latoya. “people can foster relationships, and, most importantly, the park enhances the community’s overall quality of life.” Working with Vortex, Winston Waterworks


introduced a range of sensory experiences to encourage cross-generational play – each member of the family will find something to enjoy at the park, regardless of age or level of comfort in the water. A spray ground and lazy river are open to all,


provided children are supervised, and younger tots can enjoy the zero depth water playground and splash pad. Grown-ups and teens can brave the slide that shoots into the park’s pool, and Winston Waterworks also offers water aerobics classes and daycare swim groups.


These classes are a pivotal part of the Winston


offering. Vortex, which has worked on over 7,000 installations worldwide, believes that a well- designed aquatic play area can have dramatic effects on communities and their local surroundings. The installation of a splash pad or refurbished pool can boost activity in a municipality, encouraging exercise and inclusivity. Safety is paramount at the water park, highlighted by the addition of the children’s zero depth splash pad, which negates the hiring of a lifeguard and eliminates the risk of drowning. Water parks and splashpads are seeing


increased popularity as a result of their active contribution to children’s early development. Municipalities are keen to expand the range of activities available for their youngest members, and Vortex cites that aquatic activities can boost motor skills and social development, and help set a healthy benchmark for exercise going forward.


What’s next? Vortex’s Water Journey is expanding with the addition of Pico, Alto, and Hop, as well as the PlayNuk, a new type of elevated structure. All of these aquatic play elements have been designed especially to appeal to children aged two to five years old. The new Water Journey elements are tactile


events scaled for toddlers just discovering the world of aquatic play, but also interactive enough for older siblings to enjoy, encouraging social play. Whereas Water Journey focuses on ground-level play, PlayNuk adds to the Elevations range with a two-deck exploration hub. Softer spray features, smaller steps with handrails and age-appropriate games all engage children in a new splish- splashing adventure.


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