COVID-19 has put a stop to so many community events and use of community facilities, but thanks to the town and council, there is funding in place and plans in motion for a wonderful, new spray park for the town.
With any new development, there is much deliberation over pros and cons of location, maintenance/upkeep, staffing and overall benefits to the community and residents.
What is in the future? These are questions being asked by individuals, non-profit groups, community groups, government organizations and businesses all around the country. In light of the uncertain times we live in, the Town of Carlyle says it is sure of a few things.
1-Stop Playgrounds Inc. has the experience and track record needed to make the build and maintenance a success for Carlyle. Giving the town council references to Wakaw, Cumberland House, almost all of the Yorkton water parks, many in Saskatoon and some in Prince Albert helped in answering all of their questions like:
· What extra costs will the town incur?
· How much power is used to operate the system?
· What is the rate the water flows through the features?
· What does the annual maintenance consist of?
· What is the typical life span of the features?
· Can you supply the names of other towns who did not install a change room/bathroom facility right off the start? The town would like to add that later as available funds are raised.
Answers to all of these questions and more have brought clarity and confidence to the project.
Their detailed research includes a list of pros and cons for both locations and a complete budget scenario for both. The town has done their due diligence to consider water run-off, road repair costs and contacting the CN Railway for extending parking.
“We are open to all communication from residents and just want the facts out there for all people to consider,” town manager Natalie Miller explained. “Our discussions with the pool board and other concerned citizens have us weighing all options. It is an amazing project that will add a free, outdoor recreation facility for many ages and abilities to enjoy. The infrastructure will be in place for bathrooms and changerooms as the site matures and develops and funding becomes available.”
Residents of Carlyle can look forward to a new, safe, outdoor facility to spend time with their families. Enjoying the outdoors with parents, grandparents, and caregivers of all kinds will be a wonderful addition to the lives of children and young people for years to come. What a welcome change in a time of transition and uncertainty in the world around us.
Head to the Town of Carlyle website www.townofcarlyle to learn more about the Spray Park. If you have any further questions about the project, please reach out to Miller at 306-453-2363.