While there’s been some public criticism, planning for a new water park in Lumby is proceeding.
The Regional District of North Okanagan held an input session Thursday on the development of a spray park and an adult fitness area in Oval Park.
“Everyone was fairly excited,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.
Some residents have recently expressed concerns that the spray park will waste water and be expensive to maintain.
But according to director Rick Fairbairn, none of those issues were raised Thursday.
“The majority of residents are in favour of this,” he said.
“The spray park will benefit the children of our community and the fitness park will benefit seniors. There’s a broad-based impact.”
The total budget for the spray park and adult fitness equipment is $453,322, with $348,258 coming from the provincial government.
There is also $30,000 from the Lumby Lions and $30,000 from the Teddy’s Devils and Martin’s Angels ball teams. Local taxpayers are contributing $57,064.
Maintenance and utility costs for the spray park — which will have a recirculating water system — aren’t firm but it could be about $4,000 a year.
Residents were asked Thursday to provide design suggestions for the spray park.
“Do you want cannons or drop buckets?” said Nelson.
Representatives from the Okanagan Science Centre were also present and there has been discussions about using the spray park to promote science among youth.
“There seems to be interest in having a wild salmon theme,” said Nelson.
Similar questions about design revolved around the adult fitness equipment.
“What is the main priority? Is it cardio or is it balance? Do they want programming or to work out on their own?” said Nelson.
The fitness equipment could be available this fall while the spray park will be ready for next season.