Construction of new spray park underway
The Town of Stony Plain’s newest public recreational facility is one-step closer to becoming a reality. Construction of a community spray park, which is scheduled to open this summer, is well underway.
“It is very exciting to see this project taking shape, moving from concept to reality,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “This much-needed facility will fast become a community-gathering place, where families come together to have fun and socialize with others in the community. It will also help attract more visitors to Stony Plain.”
The spray park, which will feature 27 unique structures, will be located north of the Stony Plain Outdoor Swimming Pool. Council approved this site for several reasons: good visibility; crime prevention; convenient access to parking, existing infrastructure and for future servicing.
Background Council approved $431,250.00 for the design and construction of the new facility, as proposed by Edmonton-based PlayWorks, Inc. – the successful bidder for the project, in December 2011. On Feb. 27, it approved an increase in the size and cost of the project, adding $125,000 to the budget. This additional funding is sourced from the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP), a provincial grant “established to assist in fostering the unique characteristics of Alberta’s… communities” (Alberta Culture and Community Services).
Because the grant-funding covered costs of expansion, Council approved several enhancements, including:
- improved sanitation / water treatment through addition of an Ultra-violet (UV) system;
- doubling the size of the footprint, in order to accommodate additional water features and to design the park so it “best-fits” the approved location; and
- adding four more water structures, increasing the number of pieces from 23 to 27.
Administered by Alberta Culture and Community Services, the CFEP has been designed to respond to local facility enhancement needs and to work in partnership with community groups and volunteers. The Rotary Club of Stony Plain, which submitted the CFEP application, was notified in December that the application was approved. The community-based service club had already committed $100,000 to the project.
Funding for the $585,250.00 project is sourced from the Town’s Recreation Reserve ($268,000), the CFEP ($125,000) and the local Rotary Club ($100,000). The remaining $93,250 will come from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) – funding the Town receives from the Province to help meet demands of growth. Provided there are no setbacks (i.e.: weather), the spray park will open in July.
For more information, call 780.963.2151.