Employee Spotlight: Melinda Pearson

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At Waterplay, we have some outstanding employees: from in-house fabricators to 3D artists, from product designers to support specialists. Our expert team of Waterplayers have helped to shape thousands of aquatic play spaces around the world.

The Waterplay Employee Spotlight series aims to highlight these talented individuals that make us who we are. For our very first feature, we will shine our spotlight on Waterplay’s NEW Design and Specification Manager, Melinda Pearson.


10 Questions with Melinda Pearson

1. How did you first learn about Waterplay? What made you want to become a Waterplayer?

I first learned about Waterplay when working as the Business Development Manager at Water Technology, Inc — Aquatic planners, designers, and engineers. I became industry friends with the team and as I learned more about Waterplay — their passion for the value of children’s play, their culture, and commitment to the industry — it made me want to be a Waterplayer.

I had an intimate understanding of a design firm’s unique and specific needs from manufacturers and knew that I could become that resource and liaison between a manufacturer and the design community and bring value to both sides.

2. Tell us about your new role at Waterplay? What three words would you use to describe it?

My new role at Waterplay was developed to better serve the design community during the planning and design stages of projects. I understand the aquatic marketplace and a design firms specific needs during the planning and design phases of a project – including the immediacy and thoroughness of the responses that they require. I work with designers worldwide on feature layouts, Masterplanning, budgeting, specification support and technical coordination.

It is an incredibly fun role as I get to interact with the top designers in the industry and help them find solutions to their project needs, brainstorm, and have fun.

Three words? Fun – Interaction – Solutions!

3. What have you gained from working at Waterplay?

I have gained a broader respect for the manufacturing industry and all of the coordination, skill, planning, logistics, marketing, and technical support that is required to serve a marketplace. I have gained the utmost respect for all of my colleagues and the challenges that they face and overcome every day. We are all here for the same goal of creating a global community connected through play and social experiences, and we all keep this in mind as we move forward each day.

4. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I want to learn to live more in the moment!

5. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

My curiosity — without it life would be incredibly boring!

6. What is one thing you cannot resist?

Sushi.

7. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

Jim Henson. “The most sophisticated people I know — inside they are all children”

8. If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Time travel!

9. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

Honestly, the best place I ever traveled to was Girl Scout Camp in the 1970’s and 80’s. Camp helped shape who I am today – where I developed my love of nature, it established how I “play”, it gave me self-confidence and an independent spirit, and showed me the importance of camaraderie, team work and compassion for others.

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10. Tell us three things most people don’t know about you …

I’m a certified yoga teacher, I am training my German Shepherd in the sport of Schutzhund, and I am one of the directors for the US National Snow Sculpting competition!

 

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Please join us in welcoming Melinda to her new role. To contact her now, please fill out the form below:

STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT EDITION OF EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT!

 


ABOUT WATERPLAY

Waterplay is committed to making the world a better place by offering innovative aquatic play solutions to the global community. Waterplay’s full suite of products include freestanding aquatic play solutions designed to splash and spray, activity towers, architecturally-inspired urban water features, and water management solutions. A great addition to aquatic facilities, community spaces, holiday parks, hotels and resorts, housing developments, water parks, and attraction facilities.

Visit www.waterplay.com to learn more.

 

IN THE NEWS… Waterplay a Gold Sponsor & Seminar Presenter at the 2019 Play Conference

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A SHARED COMMITMENT TO THE VALUE OF PLAY

Excitement is quickly growing as the 10th Annual Conference on the Value of Play, presented by the US Play Coalition, approaches and as a gold sponsor and conference presenter, Waterplay is honored to offer their support and participation. The Coalition’s high-profile initiative to build awareness on the critical value of play and shared commitment to foster positive play experiences for communities across America and worldwide, perfectly correlates with Waterplay’s mission to connect the world through play.

DON’T MISS OUR SEMINAR!

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(Pictured) Seminar Presenter, Melinda Pearson, Waterplay Business Development Manager.

Drawing on over 20 years of experience in the aquatics industry, Waterplay Business Development Manager, Melinda Pearson, will offer an insightful look at how children play, the curiosity cycle and how these principles can be applied and incorporated into the design of inclusive aquatic play spaces.

Join us on Monday, April 1st at 10: 30 AM in Seminar Room II at Clemson University, South Carolina for this informative and not-to-miss learning session!

For more information, view the 2019 Schedule & Speaker Overview

Not attending the play conference but still interested in attending this presentation? Request a FREE learning session today for yourself and your team. We’d love to hear from you, don’t miss out on this great learning opportunity!

MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The 10th Annual Conference on the Value of Play will take place March 31st to April 3rd, 2019 at Clemson University in South Carolina and is led by the US Play Coalition, an association that aims to promote the value of play for people of all ages in response to societal trends of declining play opportunities. The Coalition advocates for play in combating obesity, promoting healthy physical activity, childhood development and community well-being. Visit usplaycoalition.org for more information.

ABOUT WATERPLAY

With over 30 years of experience, Waterplay is committed to making the world a better place by offering innovative aquatic play solutions to the global community. Waterplay’s full suite of products include freestanding aquatic play solutions designed to splash and spray, activity towers, architecturally-inspired urban features and water management solutions. A great addition to aquatic facilities, community spaces, holiday parks, hotels and resorts, housing developments, water parks and attraction facilities — Visit www.waterplay.com to learn more and experience #theWaterplayDifference.

A Great Success Story from Down Under!

Kent & Leanne Sansom of Oakvale Wildlife Park in Australia visit Waterplay!

Kelowna, Canada, April 30, 2019 — Waterplay was thrilled to receive a visit from Kent and Leanne Sansom, owners of Oakvale Wildlife Park located in Port Stephens, NSW, Australia earlier this year.

In 2016, Waterplay’s expert team at Parkequip, worked closely with Kent and Leanne to achieve their dream design for an animal-themed splash pad. The result was the creation of Splash Bay, a beautiful 410 square metre (4,413 sq.ft) spray park which is open year round to visitors of the Wildlife Park.

After a tour of Waterplay’s new, state-of-the-art corporate and manufacturing facility, Kent and Leanne sat down with Waterplay’s creative team to chat about the success of Splash Bay, its impact on their business and future plans.

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Waterplay: We’re so pleased to have you here with us! What brings you all the way to Canada?

Kent: As part of Oakvale’s highly-renowned breeding program, we regularly transport animals internationally to other wildlife parks. We were already scheduled to hand-deliver a few of our grey kangaroos to a zoo in Fort Wayne, Indiana and decided to venture a little further into Canada to visit Waterplay. It was great to receive a full tour of the new facility, it’s really something. Also, we wanted to sit down with the team and discuss expansion plans for our spray park, Splash Bay.

Waterplay: It’s great to hear that you are expanding. Since opening your spray park, have you seen an increase in visitors?

Leanne: We opened Splash Bay, at the beginning of summer (Dec 2016) and within a year, park attendance had doubled. Previously, visitors would tour the park, check out the animals, catch a wildlife show or two and then, off they’d go. However, with the addition of a water play space, our average visit duration has gone from two hours to five, with revenue increasing by more than 80%. Due to this amazing growth, all construction costs for the splash pad were paid off in only two short years and we are now looking to expand the water park as well as other areas of the zoo.

Waterplay: With visitors extending their stays to enjoy Splash Bay, have you noticed growth in other aspects of your business?

Leanne: Yes! We’ve seen substantial financial growth in our point-of-sale services. When we initially began planning our spray park, one of our main goals was to create a space not only for water play, but also, for park-goers to gather and socialize. That’s why we constructed beautifully landscaped picnic areas that can accommodate up to 200 people, a dry playground area and fully accessible washroom/change-room facilities. With these added amenities, bookings for children’s parties, and visiting school groups have skyrocketed. We’ve quickly become a go-to tourist destination in New South Wales, with visitors travelling in excess of three hours each way!

Waterplay: When you decided to expand your water play space, what made you come back to Waterplay?

Kent: It would definitely be Waterplay’s outstanding customer service and support. For me, communication is key and your team at Parkequip were excellent in managing and communicating all aspects of the project from start to finish. Their professionalism, attention to detail, and technical expertise, really made the difference — I felt confident that they could deliver what they had promised and they did, tenfold. Originally, when researching what play features I wanted for the splash pad, my family and I took a road trip, visiting 16 other water parks throughout Australia. When I was introduced to Waterplay’s products,  I found them to be truly superior — heavy on quality, easy to install and maintain and constructed from durable materials designed to stand the test of time, even a hot Australian summer.

Waterplay: It’s great to hear that you had such a positive experience, we are honored to be able to work with you on your next aquatic play project. It’s been a pleasure meeting with you and if you’re ever back in town, please feel free to stop by. All the best for a safe trip home!

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ABOUT WATERPLAY

We strive to deliver the highest standard in the industry through the products we offer, the people we employ, our in-house procedures and the partners and suppliers that we work with. At Waterplay, we value the confidence you place in us and stand behind all of our products from concept to completion and beyond.

Visit www.waterplay.com to learn more.

 

VIDEO: Parque Ribera Bio Bio Splash Pad

Long awaited by the municipality of Chiguayante in south Chile, this park space was designed to recover abandoned grounds next to the historic river Bio Bio. The splash pad is the first part of a larger project to connect the surrounding neighbours with the river, and at the same time provide a safe and exciting environment for kids to play.

Playground experts Urbanplay Chile worked with Waterplay to select a combination of tall sprays, buckets and ground sprays to engage kids of all ages while also accommodating users with different capabilities. Bright colours create a fun, cheerful and welcoming space for the local community. The splash pad represents the first phase of a 17.000 square metre initiative that will include playgrounds, sports facilities, landscaping areas and other services.