Pros and Cons of Installing a Backyard Splash Pad

Splash pads used to only be found in public places, but recently, they’ve become a more popular backyard feature. There are a number of reasons why a backyard splash pad might appeal to families, but of course, there are some downsides to consider as well. It’s always a good idea to weigh the pros and cons before you make an investment like this.

As experts in the landscaping industry, we’re here to help. We’ve helped many Arizona families create the backyard of their dreams, some of which include splash pads, so we know a thing or two about the ups and downs of this trend.

Here are the pros and cons to consider when deciding whether or not to build a splash pad in your backyard.


Less expensive than a pool.

A pool is nice to have, but it’s a big investment. For families who aren’t ready to spend that kind of money, a splash pad is a less expensive way to add a water feature to your backyard. The actual cost will depend on the size and features of your splash pad, but it’s safe to say that it will be significantly cheaper than a swimming pool.

Less drowning risk.

Children should always be supervised around water. That said, there is little-to-no risk of drowning in a splash pad, whereas, unfortunately, drowning is a real and tragic possibility in swimming pools. Families with small children may feel safer with a splash pad as opposed to a pool.

Less maintenance.

Splash pads require much of the same equipment as pools (including chlorine and a pump), but there is much less maintenance and cleaning for a splash pad than there is for a pool. If you’re concerned about the hassle or cost of maintaining a pool, a splash pad can provide a promising alternative.

Lots of features available.

Your splash pad can be much more than several jets spraying out of the ground. There are many additions you can build on to your splash pad, including grottos and slides, for a water-filled playground that’s heaven for young children.

Multiple use.

Even when the kids aren’t playing in the splash pad, it can add some ambience to your backyard as a water feature, especially if you add lights to it. Additionally, while not in use, you can use the surface of your splash pad for other backyard activities.


Narrower age appeal.

While a splash pad may be the perfect answer for entertaining young children during the summer, older children (not to mention teenagers and adults) are less likely to enjoy themselves in a splash pad. For this reason, a splash pad may have a shorter useful lifespan than a pool would.

Takes up space in the backyard.

While most splash pads don’t take up as much space as most pools, they still have a good-sized footprint. Before you consider putting a splash pad in your backyard, make sure you’re comfortable dedicating space to it.

Potential for injury.

Drowning might not be a concern for splash pads, but other injuries are a possibility. Since splash pads encourage running and playing—on a wet surface—there is a greater risk for children to slip and fall while playing in a splash pad, potentially leading to bumps, bruises, scrapes, or cuts.

Whether or not a backyard splash pad is a good option for your family will depend on your specific needs and wants. But if a splash pad seems like a good fit for your family and backyard, it just might be the best investment you ever make!

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