Rotary Spray Park opens to public
The Town's newest recreational amenity - the Rotary Spray Park - officially opened to the public on Saturday, August 11, 2012. The long-awaited park will help families play together as they cool off during the hot summer months.
Construction on the $585,250.00 spray park began this spring and wrapped up on Aug. 3. The park features:
- 27 unique water structures;
- sanitation / water treatment through addition of an Ultra-violet (UV) system; and
- a large footprint to accommodate additional water features and to design the park so it “best-fits” the approved location.
Conveniently located adjacent to the Stony Plain Pool, the Rotary Spray Park not only provides residents with another recreational asset, it will also attract visitors to the community.
“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, 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.”
In December 2011, Council approved $431,250 for the design and construction of the water spray park, as proposed by Edmonton-based PlayWorks, Inc. – the successful bidder for the project. On Feb. 27, 2012, Council approved an expansion in the scope 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.
Funding for the Rotary Spray Park 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.
The Rotary Spray Park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., from mid-May to mid-September, weather-permitting.
For more information, call 780.963.2151.