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This Splash Pad Has the Cutest Water Feature Ever

The perfect summer splash pad for fans of Berczy Park’s dog fountain

By Designlines
Photography by A. Gagliano

Not all frogs are princes in disguise, and that’s a good thing. Take the cartoonish amphibian in a High Park splash pad in Toronto that’s actually a super fun water feature for kids. You’ll find it installed next to a 100-year-old oak tree, an initially daunting work-around that ended up inspiring the design.

This frog fountain made our summer.

Landscape architect Michael Pressutti of MEP Design Inc. paved the 400 square-metre pad (and custom seat wall) with a pigmented, poured-in-place concrete material that respects the tree’s meandering root system. The bespoke water features – like towering flowers (depending on your height), lily pads and a tall spray feature in the form of a tree – soak toddlers frolicking about. Parents can watch the action from the comfort of shaded Adirondak chairs.

Categories: Urban Update

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