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Friday, May 19th, 2017
12:00 PM

Parksville Splash Park Project Gets Underway

The Parksville Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Parksville AM are ready to make a splash to raise $100,000 to replace the outdated spray park in the Parksville Community Park.

The public is invited to the campaign kick-off event on Friday, May 19 at noon in the Lions Ventureland Playground hosted by the Parksville Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Parksville AM. These two clubs have come together to support this significant fundraising project and raise the funds to make a new splash park a reality for the Oceanside community. The new splash park will cost about $300,000 to construct which will include dismantling of the existing spray park, waterlines, drain infrastructure, new equipment to meet current regulations, new surface or pad, equipment installation, signage, landscaping and commissioning of the new splash park.

The City of Parksville will contribute $200,000 and the Rotary and Lions have committed to raising $100,000 from the community, including their own club contributions. Any additional funds will be used to assist with ongoing maintenance of the splash park. The existing spray park, added by the Parksville Lions Club to the Ventureland Playground in 1992, will remain open for this summer as usual, from May 12 to September 5 when it will be dismantled and replaced with a new splash park to be ready by May 2018.

The City of Parksville is grateful for the commitment and endorsement of the Rotary and Lions Clubs and for the enthusiastic support of the community to ensure this project is a success. The clubs have created a website with a variety of sponsorship opportunities, at all levels.

Their efforts will be evident over the summer with such fundraising efforts as 50/50 tickets and the sale of candied salmon at the Summer by the Sea Street market. A splash park is a water play area that has no standing water. Water is pumped through decorative structures which children can either stand under or run through. It’s perfect for families with young children. The little ones have fun creating their own games and just letting their imagination run wild, all the while being close to their parents who are able to enjoy the fun with less worry.

Most importantly, the new splash park will be completely wheelchair accessible, so all children will be able to participate. Open from May to September, the splash park is used by Oceanside residents as well as the thousands of tourists who visit our region annually. Ventureland Playground and is well-loved by many generations. Parents who played in the park as children, now bring their children and their parents now bring the grandchildren. As well, hundreds of school age children visit with their classrooms each year.

Cost: Free Event
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Children's Entertainment
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    Benefit | Fundraiser
Location: Parksville Community Park
141 East Island Highway, Parksville
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Deb Tardiff
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