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Putting The Cool Back In Summer...Backyard Water Park Ideas

by Wade Black

Chances are you have spent many summers with your children either trying to come up with new ways to keep cool with homemade water slip and slides (made from heat sealed 3.5 millimeter plastic sheeting) and liter bottle showers or fielding repeated requests to visit a beach or water park. You may even have gone as far as making your very own PVC pipe water sprinkler for your backyard. However, none of these ideas have been long lasting and as the children grew, they have started to outpace the fun that can be had with even your most ingenious sponge bombs (made from kitchen sponges).

There is a way to create you very own outdoor water park even in what could be consider limited yard space without breaking the bank. A water park can be organized in space that may even be too small for a regular pool. Consider a more long term solution to your summer woes with these ideas.

A splishing and splashing

A splash pad is an increasingly popular backyard water park idea. It can be made from concrete and comes in either pre-prepared kits from your local pool construction companies, which you can fix yourself, or it can be built from the ground up. A splash pad comes with a starting price of about $2000 to $3000 which is much less expensive than a pool with prices that can range from $25,000 to $50,000 depending on the size and the added features. A splash pad can provide hours of water fun while still saving money on water as this is supplied from an underground tank that is collected, filter and recycled in the pad. 

One idea that could possibly add depths and intrigue to the landscape appeal of your yard is to add concrete pads of varying heights that have water flowing from them in different flow patterns. 

Falling water

A backyard waterfall is an idea for summer cooling that goes far beyond water games. It can also provide lovely scenery for each season. Backyard waterfalls can be built from a variety of materials including glass sheeting, metal, boulders, stacked stones or bricks that can be used separately or in combination. The other materials needed for making a waterfall include a submersible pump and tubing to run from the pump to the top of the waterfall. If your yard is mainly flat then you will also need to utilize a berm, which is an artificial slope. The cost for this can cost anywhere from $100 to $500 if you are doing it yourself.

Your backyard waterfall does not have to take up a large area. The point for summer fun is to be able to get wet while enjoying the comforts of homemade lemonade and icicles in your very own, customized water park.