On-demand / Make a Splash: Best Practices for Designing Inclusive Water Play Destinations

Water is a powerful medium that naturally inspires social interactions, offers sensory-rich opportunities, and ignites joyful experiences that enrich the mind, body, and spirit.  Celebrate the many research-based health benefits of water and empower communities to effectively make the case for aquatic play destinations for people of all ages and abilities! This session will review design best practices to create multigenerational water play destinations that are more usable, to more people, to the greatest extent possible. By thoughtfully addressing the developmental needs of the whole child, communities can provide meaningful opportunities for physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional, and sensory development for all children.  Design considerations and implications will be demonstrated through inspiring case examples to help communities champion water play as a valid solution to healthier, happier communities.

Learning objectives

  • Name 3 benefits of water play destinations for people of all ages and abilities
  • Define 2 key considerations when addressing accessibility and strategies to go beyond the minimum requirements to create an truly inclusive water play destination 
  • List at least 3 strategies/examples to intentionally address sensory, cognitive, communicative, physical, and social-emotional development in water play environments 
  • Create an advocacy statement that demonstrates how water play destinations can offer a valid solution to support community health and wellness initiatives.

Kevin Spence

Director of Sales Water Play


Kevin Spence has been involved in Spray Park design, sales and installation for over 21 years. With thousands of successful projects he brings unique insights into the world of aquatic play.

Jennie Sumrell

CORE Community Outreach Director


Jennie worked as an educator with children and families of all abilities for over ten years. Her formal training and experience in early childhood education, exceptional learning, inclusion, and assistive technology has meaningful influence on championing and designing high-quality play and learning environments that positively impact child development. For nearly a decade, she has provided expertise in partnership, program, and product development at PlayCore. Jennie leads community outreach services that help build communities through play and recreation, and serves as a Master Instructor, providing continuing education to professionals across the country.

Jennie enjoys a variety of water sports and loves spending time at the lake with her family.

This session will offer the following credits:     

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CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours. (.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA/CES HSW PDH) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

To obtain your CEU, please visit the "contents" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


For any questions related to Continuing Education Units (CEUs), please contact core@playcore.com

This content will not be available until 07/25/2022 at 8:00 AM (EDT)