Osoyoos Splash Park officially opens

By on June 11, 2014
Hali Steiner, 8, takes aim with a water cannon at the Osoyoos Splash Park, which held its official opening on Friday, June 6. (Richard McGuire photo)

Hali Steiner, 8, takes aim with a water cannon at the Osoyoos Splash Park, which held its official opening on Friday, June 6. (Richard McGuire photo)

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.”

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

Martha Collins and Brody McLean cool off at the Osoyoos Splash Park prior to the official opening ceremony. (Richard McGuire photo)

Martha Collins and Brody McLean cool off at the Osoyoos Splash Park prior to the official opening ceremony. (Richard McGuire photo)

Brian Rawlings, president of the Rotary Club of Osoyoos, helps Hali Steiner, 8, turn the crank to fill a water bucket at the Osoyoos Splash Park. The two played in the water before the official opening on Friday. (Richard McGuire photo)

Brian Rawlings, president of the Rotary Club of Osoyoos, helps Hali Steiner, 8, turn the crank to fill a water bucket at the Osoyoos Splash Park. The two played in the water before the official opening on Friday. (Richard McGuire photo)

Brody McLean balances on a toadstool at the Osoyoos Splash Park prior to the official opening on Friday. (Richard McGuire photo)

Brody McLean balances on a toadstool at the Osoyoos Splash Park prior to the official opening on Friday. (Richard McGuire photo)

Brody McLean cuts the ribbon to officially open the Osoyoos Splash Park with help from Splash Park Committee co-chairs Gerald Davis and Coun. Mike Plante. Behind are (from left) Mayor Stu Wells, Coun. Sue McKortoff, Kirsten McLean, Davis, Plante, Coun. Michael Ryan, Jim King and Tamara Morgan. (Richard McGuire photo)

Brody McLean cuts the ribbon to officially open the Osoyoos Splash Park with help from Splash Park Committee co-chairs Gerald Davis and Coun. Mike Plante. Behind are (from left) Mayor Stu Wells, Coun. Sue McKortoff, Kirsten McLean, Davis, Plante, Coun. Michael Ryan, Jim King and Tamara Morgan. (Richard McGuire photo)

Brody McLean cuts the ribbon to officially open the Osoyoos Splash Park with help from Splash Park Committee co-chairs Gerald Davis and Coun. Mike Plante. Behind are (from left) Mayor Stu Wells, Coun. Sue McKortoff, Kirsten McLean, Davis, Plante, Coun. Michael Ryan, Jim King and Tamara Morgan. (Richard McGuire photo)

Brody McLean cuts the ribbon to officially open the Osoyoos Splash Park with help from Splash Park Committee co-chairs Gerald Davis and Coun. Mike Plante. Behind are (from left) Mayor Stu Wells, Coun. Sue McKortoff, Kirsten McLean, Davis, Plante, Coun. Michael Ryan, Jim King and Tamara Morgan. (Richard McGuire photo)

The Rotary Club of Osoyoos made an additional contribution of $8,000 on top of what they've already contributed to the Splash Park, moving them closer to their commitment of $20,000. From left are Coun. Mike Plante, Brian Rawlings, Rotary president, Jim King, Judy Miller-Bennett, Vaughn Denis and Gerald Davis, director of community services with the Town of Osoyoos. Plante and Davis co-chair the Splash Park Committee. (Richard McGuire photo)

The Rotary Club of Osoyoos made an additional contribution of $8,000 on top of what they’ve already contributed to the Splash Park, moving them closer to their commitment of $20,000. From left are Coun. Mike Plante, Brian Rawlings, Rotary president, Jim King, Judy Miller-Bennett, Vaughn Denis and Gerald Davis, director of community services with the Town of Osoyoos. Plante and Davis co-chair the Splash Park Committee. (Richard McGuire photo)

A boy takes aim with a water cannon as the Osoyoos Splash Park officially opened June 6. (Richard McGuire photo)

A boy takes aim with a water cannon as the Osoyoos Splash Park officially opened June 6. (Richard McGuire photo)

Hali Steiner, 8, takes aim with a water cannon at the Osoyoos Splash Park, which held its official opening on Friday, June 6. (Richard McGuire photo)

Hali Steiner, 8, takes aim with a water cannon at the Osoyoos Splash Park, which held its official opening on Friday, June 6. (Richard McGuire photo)

Hali Steiner, 8, takes aim with a water cannon at the Osoyoos Splash Park, which held its official opening on Friday, June 6. (Richard McGuire photo)

Hali Steiner, 8, takes aim with a water cannon at the Osoyoos Splash Park, which held its official opening on Friday, June 6. (Richard McGuire photo)

A boy walks through hoops that spray water to cool off at the Osoyoos Splash Park, which officially opened Friday, June 6. (Richard McGuire photo)

A boy walks through hoops that spray water to cool off at the Osoyoos Splash Park, which officially opened Friday, June 6. (Richard McGuire photo)

 

 

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