The city of Sugar Hill is helping residents cool down with a new splash park. The Splash Park @ Sugar Hill is located behind Sugar Hill’s City Hall, adjacent to the new Dawn P. Gober Family Plaza and behind the city’s amphitheater, The Bowl @ Sugar Hill. The Mayor and City Council invite the public to celebrate the opening of the Splash Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM. The celebration will include food trucks, music and of course, lots of water.
The 60-foot diameter Splash Park boasts 21 zones, 42 arch spray nozzles and 28 vertical spray nozzles. The water fountains are accompanied by 93 color-changing LED lights. The center fountain is made up of a cluster or 6 large nozzles and 20 small spray heads. The cascading nozzles produce a large pyramidal column of white, aerated water.
The water treatment system includes pumps and filters sized to task, chemical injection pumps with an automated chemical controller for precise monitoring and adjustment to the pH and sanitizer fluctuation. A 3000-gallon reservoir with automatic water level detection controls and stores the water supply. An ultraviolet sanitizer and a wind sensor also help to ease maintenance demands.
The Splash Park also includes specialized controls that allow for programmed choreographed water and light sequencing, making it a Splash Park by day and a colorful choreographed fountain by night. The choreographed fountain shows will be announced at a later date.
Parents and friends can enjoy watching the fountain from the adjacent Family Plaza while sitting at one of eight picnic tables nestled under four large shade sails. The picnic tables and splash park are all new additions to The Bowl Amphitheater this summer. Additionally, the city opened and dedicated the new Dawn P. Gober Community Plaza adjacent to the fountain. The plaza is approximately 17,600 square feet and is designed with green artificial turf, red brick pavers and landscaped islands. The plaza backs up to the new VIP Suites at The Bowl, which offer exceptional viewing of the many concerts and events held within the 1800-seat outdoor venue. Special care was also taken in designing a wheelchair-accessible area for those patrons with extra needs.
Mayor Steve Edwards is excited about what the Splash Park means to the city, “The Splash Park in Sugar Hill is a great addition to creating another destination item in our downtown.”.
Director of Parks and Recreation, Andy McQuagge is also looking forward to the addition, “The splash park will give all ages a chance to cool off during the hot spring and summer after enjoying the many recreational opportunities, festivals and events that the downtown will offer.”
Once open, the Splash Park will be open seven days a week during the months of April through October.