Confederation Park - Water Park
The revitalization of the existing water play feature at Confederation Park presented an exciting opportunity for the City of Burnaby and Space2place - to create a new water play feature that is safe, fun, accessible, durable, and efficient to operate for years to come. The park’s existing water feature was a popular attraction for many families, but it no longer met the Fraser Health Authority safety requirements. space2place sought to design a unique, custom water play experience that still met the health, safety and maintenance criteria set out by the FHA and City Staff. We also sought to use the existing site topography to make the play environment accessible, without requiring retaining walls or guardrails.
The end result is a landscape-generated design that integrates the natural terrain of the site while connecting children to water through a rich variety of play experiences. Children chase animated jets of water, follow floating objects along channels, pump water by hand, create pools with weirs, and orchestrate the sudden release of water in rushing cascades. Elements of surprise combine with opportunities for experimentation, engaging children in extended durations of physical, social and imaginative play. The site contributes to the park year-round as a sculptural feature that evokes the movement of water and provides tiers of informal seating. The design provides a sculptural focal point and seating even when the water features are not in use.
Research and Analysis, Concept Development, Design Documentation, Project Management, Contract Administration
Completed in 2012