Town’s budgeted spray park to be family-friendly

The town’s spray park could take many shapes, but one underlying consistency remains; it’ll be a great place for families to go.

  • May. 16, 2011 6:00 a.m.

The town’s spray park could take many shapes, but one underlying consistency remains; it’ll be a great place for families to go.

Touting a fountain of information about spray parks, RecTec Industries Inc. manager Susan Crawford visited the Town of Lake Cowichan’s elected officials during a Tuesday, May 10, committee meeting, to share the ins and outs of what a spray park may entail.

Having kicked around a few different potential locations, mayor and council finally nailed down Duck Pond as the location for the spray park; a project that should break dirt this summer.

“I think it’s for the toddlers that don’t want to go in the river,” mayor Ross Forrest said.

The spray park itself is tentatively planned as a 60 foot diameter circular slab, with various spray park features able to plug into it.

“We take into account the very young and the very old,” Crawford said. “The little kids, they just love it. Even if they’re just slapping the water on the ground.”

Water that shoots out of the ground, sprinkles from flowers above, and water that is shot through a cannon; the spray park has many possibilities, Crawford said.

“Different types of features are very important in a spray park,” she said.

Councillor Bob Day asked Crawford about water waste, in relation to the spray park, which is another one of the proposed park’s criticisms.

The park isn’t all going at once, she explained. It’s turned on by the children’s presence, through sensors, and goes through one of 10 sequences, with different components turning on at different times.

The spray park can also be calibrated to only use a certain amount of gallons of water per day, thanks to one of the many non-visible components.

One constraint on having the spray park installed this year will be the town’s budget of $62,000, which includes a $12,500 grant from Success By 6.

This will be enough to install the slab, Crawford said, though potentially not much else.

“If in September or October, if we end up with a slab that is not serviced, I will be happy with that,” Day said.

Actual spray park components are a possibility this summer, Forrest said, adding that it depends on funds from other sources.

“It might be a good opportunity for service clubs,” he said.

Lake Cowichan Gazette