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Official ceremony planned as Osoyoos Splash Park opens
The Osoyoos Splash Park is now open for the season and an official opening ceremony is set for June 6.
The water was switched on over the Victoria Day long weekend, but a glitch in the water lines forced it to close again on the Saturday and Sunday until it could be fixed on May 19, said Gerald Davis, director of community services with the Town of Osoyoos and chair of the Splash Park committee.
“Since it’s been open we’ve already had a few issues, but they’ve been taken care of,” said Davis. “Everything is OK.”
The official opening will include brief statements from dignitaries as well as refreshments, although details are still being firmed up, Davis said.
“We’ll invite as many kids as we can,” he said. “We’re looking probably at 3 p.m. right after school is done. And we’ve put in a request for nice weather that day.”
The ceremony will also recognize the many people who contributed goods or work in kind as well as donors, Davis said.
Considerable work has been done on the Splash Park since it closed in September.
This includes adding a rubberized surface and new pieces of equipment, Davis said. Among the new equipment is a water cannon donated by the Osoyoos Fire Department. Washrooms at the park have been completely renovated and the building has been repainted.
Among the work still planned is the addition of a shade structure, though it hasn’t yet been decided whether this will involve planting more trees or the addition of an actual structure such as a gazebo.
There are also plans to add wheelchair accessible parking, and Davis said that would be done this year, probably within the next couple of months.
The addition of dry play equipment is also being considered, but that may not be done this year and it will depend on funding, Davis said.
This will allow children to play without getting wet, but they can still run through the water when they want to cool off, he added.
The Splash Park committee is grateful to the many local people who have donated to the project, as well as to the larger donors from business and service clubs. He singled out for praise Tim Hortons, the Shriners club and Rotary Club of Osoyoos. Telus is also donating up to $25,000 depending on signups for its fibre optic television and internet packages.