Grant could bring water park to village

Lumby area residents could eventually have expanded access to leisure activities.

Lumby area residents could eventually have expanded access to leisure activities.

A $348,258 provincial grant is being sought for an outdoor fitness circuit and water spray park in Oval Park.

“It looks like a fantastic package,” said Randal Ostafichuk, a director with the White Valley Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

Ostafichuk believes the facilities could be extremely popular with residents of all ages.

“There is currently no public access to fitness equipment let alone private access,” he said.

It’s projected the seniors fitness equipment would cost $116,149 while the spray park would be $319,173, for a total price tag of $435,322.

In terms of funding sources, there could be the provincial grant as well as $30,000 possibly from the Teddy’s Angels and Martin’s Devils ball teams.

The advisory committee has agreed to $57,064 in its 2012 budget as part of the community contribution.

White Valley’s contribution could be reduced because the Lumby Lions Club has shown interest in the project although an amount has not been determined.

“Of course the project is contingent upon a successful grant application,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator for the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Ostafichuk admits more has to be considered financially than just receiving a government grant.

“We have to look at maintenance and staff costs in the long-term,” he said.

It’s anticipated that utility and maintenance costs for the spray park could be $7,760 a year while maintenance for the fitness circuit would be about $1,000 annually.