Amenities to be added to Westside spray park

Westside council agreed to utilize $13,395 in surplus funds from the Kids Care Spray Park project to provide additional park amenities.

West Kelowna council gave children of the community a splash of good news on Tuesday.

Council agreed to utilize $13,395 in surplus funds from the Kids Care Spray Park project to provide additional park amenities.

Six shade trees, three benches, a picnic table and a two-sided kiosk will be added to the park. The total cost of the additions comes to $13,020.

The construction of the Kids Care Spray Park in the Westbank Centre Park was endorsed by council in 2008.

The fundraising was spearheaded by the Westbank Rotary Club with other donations from local services, businesses and residents. The West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary Club also helped with various elements of the project.

The DWK contributed $79,555 towards the creation of the facility.

The park was opened to the public on Sept. 9, 2011, for a trial run. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for the spring of 2012.

Coun. Rick de Jong said that the spray park is a “wonderful asset for the community.”

“It got lots of use last fall when we did the soft opening. I’m looking forward to seeing it opened up this spring,” said de Jong.

He suggested that more signage might be needed along Highway 97 to help people find their way to the spray park.

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