There is a slim chance a water park planned for Willow Point Park may open this summer even though construction has yet to begin, says the city.
The splash park, a project of the Campbell River Rotary Club, was approved in principle in 2010 and given final approval by city council in November 2011.
Fast forward two years later, and the splash park is poised to finally become a reality.
“Construction could begin as early as late June,” said Lynn Wark, city parks project supervisor. “With a construction schedule of eight to 12 weeks, there is a slim chance that the splash park will be operational this season.”
If not, Wark said the park will certainly be ready by spring 2013.
The splash park will be unique in Campbell River and will reflect the city’s environment, history and culture.
“Elements of the park will include a fishing pole with salmon attached, a whale body and tail, and a graphic of a killer whale mouth on the mega soaker,” Wark said.
The mega soaker – a bowl full of water that, once full, tips over – will the first of its kind in B.C. and an expected tourist attraction.
According to the blueprints, the park will be divided into three sections – one for families, one for teens and one aimed at toddlers.
The park is a joint effort between both local Rotary clubs and the Campbell River Firefighters Association. Telus and the city have also chipped in.
The noon hour Rotary Club, which spearheaded the project, is contributing $120,000 while Telus is giving $116,000.
Daybreak Rotary is contributing $40,000 while the professional firefighters are donating $20,000. Another $75,000 is coming from the Parks Parcel Tax, which is collected from taxpayers by the city.
The city is paying the annual operating fee of $30,000.
Wark said the project is an example of a successful partnership, where the city has worked with community organizations to provide a much-wanted facility to the community.
Wark said the splash park will be a welcome addition to Campbell River.
“The construction of the splash park at Willow Point Park will provide a much-desired amenity to the citizens of Campbell River, providing a free, drop-in activity for families and contributing to the health and wellness of individuals and the community,” Wark said.