Council approves expansion of new water spray park
When Stony Plain’s brand-new water spray park opens this summer, it will do so with a splash, now that council has approved an expansion of the project.
“This is a great addition to the community that will become a local gathering place, where families and children will have fun, socialize with neighbours and enjoy the warm weather together,” says William Choy, deputy mayor of Stony Plain.
“This project has been a long-time coming, and the enhancements will make a great amenity for the community even better.”
At the Feb. 27, 2012 regular council meeting, council approved the size and cost of the project, increasing the budget by $125,000. This additional funding will be 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).
The CFEP has been designed to respond to local facility enhancement needs and to work in partnership with community groups and volunteers. Alberta Culture and Community Services, which administers the grant, states on its website that the CFEP is intended to reinvest revenues generated from provincial lotteries in communities, to empower local citizens and community organizations to work together and respond to local needs.
The Rotary Club of Stony Plain, which submitted the CFEP application, was notified in December that its application was approved. The community-based service club had previously committed $100,000 for construction of the new facility.
In December, Council approved $431,250.00 for the design and construction of the water spray park, as proposed by Edmonton-based PlayWorks, Inc. – the successful bidder for the project. Council approved several enhancements, recommended by the company, to the original design, 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.
Funding for the $585,250.00 project will be sourced from the Town’s Recreation Reserve ($268,000) the CFEP ($125,000) and the Rotary Club of Stony Plain ($100,000). The remaining $93,250 will come from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) – funding the Town receives from the Province to help meet the demands of growth.
Council also approved the location of the water spray park; it will be constructed north of the Stony Plain Outdoor Swimming Pool. This location is preferred for several reasons, including:
- improved visibility;
- greater crime prevention;
- convenient access to parking;
- easier to provide servicing; and
- existing infrastructure (parking, water, sewer, power, gas) nearby.
Design and landscaping for the new facility is scheduled to be completed in March. Construction is slated to begin in April. Pending any setbacks, the water spray park will open in July.
For more information, visit www.stonyplain.com, or call 780.963.2151.