Enderby spray park closed

There will be one less place to cool off in Enderby this summer.

The Enderby/Area F Joint Services Commission voted Friday not to open the Barnes Park spray park this summer because of poor conditions.

“Some families will be disappointed but it would be costly to put into use the given parameters demanded by the Interior Health Authority,” said Herman Halvorson, commission chairperson.

“There are concerns about slipping and falling.”

Besides a slick surface, the other concern is children can climb on to the water features and then fall off.

IHA would also like the spray park connected to a potable drinking water source. The water is currently recirculated.

“We would have to pay to hook it up and then there’s the cost of the water,” said director Jackie Pearase.

Options for keeping the spray park open this summer have been considered.

“Given the costs and temporary nature of the proposed solution, as well as the fact that it fails to mitigate  the slip and fall hazards, there is little justification for proceeding with this solution,” said Tate Bengston, the city’s deputy chief administrative officer in a memo.

Provincial grants were sought in 2011 to replace the park this year but that request was denied.

While the spray park is closed, staff will pursue other potential funding sources for rebuilding the facility.

There isn’t a firm figure for a new spray park but a water park is being built in Lumby for $435,322.

Pearase believes public use of the spray park needs to be determined.

“We may put out questionnaires to the users this summer and get some input on what they would like,” she said.


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