Empex Water Toys
In 1984, our Founder & President – Wyeth Tracy – was hired as the Director of Capital Works at Ontario Place in Toronto to spearhead a 5-year renovation plan for the park. One of the first recorded water play areas was built at Ontario Place in 1971 where some innovative designers fresh from the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal had created innovative, interactive water features in an aquatic playground of undulating shallow pools. As most of these features were removed over the years, Wyeth decided to search for products for the renovation and realized that he couldn’t find what he needed.
Seeing how much fun both children and adults had in the splash area, Wyeth decided that there was a market for innovative and interactive aquatic play features. With 20 years experience in maintenance, construction, and industrial design in the leisure industry, he was the perfect candidate to bring something new the market. Over the course of the next year, he used his Engineering background to develop a waterbike, watertotter and watershooter which were all well received.
Prior to Watertoys creating their initial concepts, there was nothing quite like it on the market. Our first products were designed to be used in existing children’s wading pools to make them more exciting for the patrons. Kids could peddle, turn a hand wheel, or pump the watertotter to create streams of water for water battles, something only available at the time using water pistols.