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The warm sun was shining and children and a few adults ran through cool sprays of water as the Osoyoos Splash Park officially opened Friday.
The event was low key, but it provided an opportunity for dignitaries to thank contributors to the park, cut a ribbon and serve hotdogs, water and cake.
Gerald Davis, Osoyoos Splash Park Committee co-chair and director of community services with the Town of Osoyoos, thanked donors and suppliers of technical assistance and work in kind.
He also acknowledged government and corporate grants and noted that plaques will be added this year acknowledging major sponsors.
Among the major contributors, representatives of the Rotary Club of Osoyoos were there to make a presentation of an additional $8,000, part of a commitment by the club to provide $20,000 for the park.
Davis noted there are some additional improvements required to make the park accessible and to add shade, most likely with a permanent structure.
The park is located at Jack Shaw Gardens just north of the intersection of 89th Street and Kingfisher Drive.
Mayor Stu Wells praised the location.
“I couldn’t think of a better location,” he said. “This is very, very exciting. What a gorgeous additional park for the Town of Osoyoos.”
Rotary Club President Brian Rawlings also praised the “fabulous” location.
“The more I see it used by families, the more I understand that this was the right location to have it,” Rawlings said.
Len McLean, the owner of a local construction company who donated considerable time on the project, also pointed to the work that was done at the park since a “soft opening” last August.
This has included renovating the washrooms to make them handicap accessible along with other improvements as well as adding a rubberized surface to the pad of the splash park itself.
“I’m extremely happy,” said McLean. “As you can see, there’s lots of kids enjoying it and I think if you come by on any sunny day there are half a dozen to 10 kids here at any given time enjoying it. That’s why it’s here.”
Coun. Mike Plante, co-chair of the Splash Park Committee, said he felt “ecstatic” to see the park officially opened.
“As you can see all the kids here, that’s what it’s about,” he said. “Creating an amenity for our community and the families to be able to use it, with great access to the beach. For me, I’m ecstatic that we got this done. There were so many people who were involved that I’ve got to say thank you to.”