Artificial Water Features in Reserves – Safety Guidelines Investigation

Artificial water features can be defined as water play features, ornamental ponds, pools, fountains, cascades, artificial streams, and similar assets. With the exception of water play features, the assets are not interactive water features or water play parks that have been designed and constructed specifically for play.

Xyst sought feedback from a number of organisations and councils to understand their approach to public safety associated with artificial water features in reserves and public places.

The intent was to establish if any locally or nationally published rules or guidelines are readily available and if so, are they being utilised.

Xyst then considered options to either mitigate or remove risk associated with the asset portfolio.

Project Benefit

We investigated existing industry sector guidelines available to parks professionals to understand how to approach water safety for artificial water features in reserves.
Client organisation
Tauranga City Council
Open Space Planning
Open space master plan
Open space strategy
Reserve management plan
Policy development
Quality/performance assessments
Sport, Recreation and Community Planning
Performance assessments
Observation Studies
Service Delivery
Quality Auditing and Monitoring
Business Improvement Planning
Levels of service setting
Project Management
Capital works programme management
Asset Management
Condition Assessment
Organizational Assessment
Policy Development
Public Amenities
Use monitoring
Play Spaces
Play strategies
Playground inspections
Performance/Play value assessments
Maintenance plans