PA 16-75—sSB 240

Public Safety and Security Committee

Planning and Development Committee

Public Health Committee

AN ACT ELIMINATING THE REQUIREMENT FOR A FENCE AROUND A SPLASH PAD OR SPRAY PARK

SUMMARY: This act prohibits regulations governing the safety of public pools from requiring fences around splash pads or spray parks. The same prohibition applies, under existing law, to naturally formed ponds converted to public pools, provided they retain sloping sides common to natural ponds and are on fenced-in property.

By law, splash pads and spray parks are classified as special purpose public pools (CGS 19a-36(c)(2)(E)). State regulations require such pools to meet the same design requirements as public pools, which include having a fence or other barrier (Conn. Agencies Reg. , 19-13-B33b (b) & (f)).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2016

BACKGROUND

Splash Pads and Spray Parks

Generally, a splash pad or spray park is a recreational play area fitted with a nonslip or rubber matting surface and various nozzles and features that can shower, spray, mist, and shoot water. Water that splashes onto the surface is collected, filtered, and recirculated to keep it flowing.

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