Public opinions sought for new spray park design

It may be the dead of winter, but the city is busy planning for the summer.

The Fort St. John Rotary Spray Park next to the North Peace Leisure Pool is getting old, and the city is taking steps to replace it with a new, expanded facility.

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To that end, it is looking for what the community wants to see for relief on those long, hot summer days.

It would ideally be put over top of the existing facility, to take advantage of the existing infrastructure.

The city has drawn up four prototype drawings to put forward to the public, to see what kind of feedback they get.

They’ve taken to social media and are holding meetings to gauge public reaction.

“It’s more of an East Coast, Jersey Shore type of feel,” said Craig Stanley, the city’s Director of Facilities and Grounds.

Some of the potential amenities included shaded seating, Wi-Fi, security cameras and a stroller or tricycle loop that could double as a skating rink in the winter.

Some of the feedback that Stanley got from an info session was a fence to keep kids in and dogs out, and a hopscotch court built into the design.

“Our goal is to use this space to the best of our ability according to the budget that we can work with, and incorporate the old section of the spray park.”

The city has approved a budget of $220,000, which Stanley said was enough to make a good park. To make an even better one, they’re looking to raise an additional $100,000, for a total of $320,000.

If they don’t get the extra money, Stanley said they could get the project started and add to it in phases over time if necessary.

If all goes according to plan, construction will commence over this summer, and it will be open in 2016.

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