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