Kids took the opportunity to cool down and jump through the sprinkler during a ground breaking ceremony for the Willow Point Splash Park.

Splash park breaks ground

Construction about to begin on a splash park for Willow Point Park

A splash park at Willow Point Park broke ground Tuesday afternoon.

The park, which has been three years in the making, will feature a spray fire hydrant, a hose element and the  Mega Soaker – the first of its kind in B.C.

The splash park is a joint project between the Noon Hour and Daybreak Rotary Clubs, the Campbell River firefighters and Telus.

Patricia Gagnon, past president of Noon Hour Club, was relieved to see the project finally break ground.

“I’m so excited about it,” Gagnon said. “It’s so good to be able to have it done finally. It’s been a long time in waiting.”

The project was conceived three years ago, approved in principle in 2010 and given final approval by city council in November of 2011.

On Tuesday following the ground breaking, surveyors went to work on the future home of the splash park between the tennis courts and playground at the Sportsplex. Construction will begin shortly and is expected to last up to 12 weeks.

Gagnon said the hope is to have the splash park complete by September and it could open to the public at that time, weather permitting.

For more on this story see Friday’s Mirror.