Quick action is needed to ensure the currently closed spray park is once again available to Enderby children.

Quick action is needed to ensure the currently closed spray park is once again available to Enderby children.

EDITORIAL: Spray park must be a priority

Initial plans for the Enderby spray park are exciting but the entire facility must be restored soon

It’s great to see Enderby politicians taking action over the spray park.

No one should question the need to shut the attraction down in 2012 because of safety concerns, but it’s difficult tounderstand why nothing has been done over the past five years. In fact, a whole new generation of children have not hadaccess to this facility.

But second-guessing previous decisions is irrelevant, and the focus needs to be the future.

“We’re serious and we want to get things done. The community really wants this,” said Denis Delisle, Enderby and DistrictServices Commission chairperson.

When it was previously opened, the spray park provided a great opportunity for little ones to have fun, explore and beat theheat. Such amenities also make communities attractive to new families looking to relocate.

About $235,000 has been squirreled away in reserves while a further $17,000 was raised in the community. With that cash inhand, plans could move ahead this year for a new concrete slab and some fun features.

However, the total project cost is about $320,000, so it could take some time before the entire revitalization is completed.

Obviously coming up with additional money is always challenging even for local jurisdictions, but fully returning this facility tofamilies must be a priority.

We would encourage the EDSC to start building up reserves again and to actively pursue senior government grants and serviceclub donations.

The kids deserve the best.

 

Vernon Morning Star

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