Splash park project on tap for town

Richard Froese
South Peace News

First steps in developing a splash park in High Prairie will be discussed at an organizational and planning meeting Feb. 25.

“Over the last couple of years, High Prairie and District Regional Recreation Board has seen an increase in requests for a splash park,” says Gayla Arams, aquatic director.

Interested people are invited to attend the Sunday night meeting at the High Prairie Regional Aquatic Centre at 7 p.m.

“Just like other successful recreation initiatives, it starts with a dream and people passionate to see that dream become a reality,” Arams says.

“The recreation board is spearheading the project that will take time to plan, money to build and community involvement.”

Preliminary research estimates the cost at about $300,000.

“As plans move forward, we will seek community input on aspects of the project and feel it would be important to get children involved in choosing the design features,” Arams says.

Features, size and type of water systems will determine actual cost and location. Site preparation could increase the cost.

“Raising funds is imperative if we are to seek grant funding as most grants are match-based,” Arams says.

All funds raised will be deposited in a capital reserve account and earmarked for the splash park.

“It’s time to get starting with planning and more fundraising,” Arams says as she presented the project at the High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce meeting on Feb. 7.

“We want more people with more ideas.”

Partnerships are vital to the project.

“We want local businesses and groups on board,” Arams says.

“That support is what makes projects such a success.”

For more information, phone Arams at [780] 523-4224.


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