Grant application will delay upgrades to City water park

Artist rendering of the proposed refurbishment for the Fort St. John spray park. Photo by Urban Systems

In a news release Friday, the City of Fort St. John said new grant application to upgrade the Fort St. John spray park will delay construction until 2016.  The City had originally budgeted to refurbish the 13 year-old park in 2015 and spend $320,000.

As we told you earlier this week, Council approved the staff recommendation to apply for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program for funding to improve the Spray Park in Centennial Park.  If the grand is approved, the City would provide $320,000 and the Government of Canada another $320,000 towards the project.

“We gathered feedback from the community over the last few months and tried to put as much of what they asked for into our plans. Originally, we budgeted $320,000 for the Spray Park project and after community consultation determined that the scope and the budget needed to be enhanced in order to meet the needs of the community. Applying for this additional funding means we can do even more of what the community asked for, ” stated Craig Stanley, Director of Facilities and Grounds.

Improvements for the park call for a “nature theme,” with two splash pads for children under five years of age, and another for older children. The updates would include a boardwalk and boulder-style seating, shade structures, an ice skating ribbon, along with a washroom and change room building. A concept drawing also calls for a small skate park, and other landscaping improvements.

Another $50,000 would come from sponsorship to complete the project.  If funding is approved, construction of the project could be completed in 2016.