Kitimat District staff are exploring the potential of a spray park, a project their funder will consider in preparations for the 2022 budget.
Kitimat resident Graham Pitzel worked on the idea with RecTec Industries, a playground equipment distributor, and presented information at the regular council meeting in June 2021.
While Pitzel believes the location of the water park would be ideal at Lions Park in the city center next to the Tamitik Recreational Center, he also suggested that Chilko Park would be another good location, but is concerned about the lack of available parking. around the park.
âThese appear to be the most centralized locations that could attract the most people, as the district works to channel people into the city center,â Pitzel said.
Although Pitzel suggested two areas that he said would suit the community well, the council pointed out that the Heron Street spray park already has plumbing for wading pools, which could be an easier position to install a new one. spray park.
Hoping to start construction by 2022, the estimated total number of operating days for the spray park would be around 72 days, with the park opening towards the end of each June, Pitzel said.
The total cost of the spray park would range between $ 380,000 and $ 845,000 depending on the materials used and the location of the spray park.
If the project comes to fruition, Pitzel will seek grants and funding options from large industries like LNG Canada and Rio Tinto, as well as the District of Kitimat.
Therefore, he would like to receive feedback from district staff. So when it comes to a formal request for money, it doesn’t have to make any major adjustments.
âIt’s wonderful to add to the city center, but at the same time it’s wonderful to have things in the neighborhoods where the kids live, so they can walk or cycle to these facilities. âSaid Councilor Mario Feldhoff speaking in favor of the staff. to explore the potential of a spray park in the Heron Street wading pools.
In a 3D render of the spray park Pitzel gave the council, he shows that the park’s equipment is designed to be used for all ages.
âIt’s sort of split into three areas, the back area is more of an older kids area with higher flow rates, dump buckets and water guns, and then it gradually reaches a younger audience as it goes. ‘She advances with ground sprays and fountains with light water flowing,’ said Pitzel.
Pitzel also suggested two different types of water systems for the spray park.
The first water system option is a waste drain, which is a once-through system that takes potable water and passes through the park and into the sewer system.
This water supply system would help the initial costs of the project with a saving of $ 95,000 during initial development, but would end up costing the district more than $ 510,000 in the tenth season just for water use. .
The second water system is a recirculation system, which is a closed loop system that recycles and disinfects water to and from the play area through an advanced water quality management system.
Although the initial cost of a recirculation system is estimated at $ 125,000 during initial development, the overall costs of using water in the tenth season would be around $ 199,000, which would save approximately $ 310,000.
Pitzel pointed out that the water recirculation system also has more environmental advantages over the waste drainage system which would have fairly clean water flowing directly into the park and down to the sewers.
In 2014, there were discussions between the council and the recreation department on the possibility of modernizing the paddling pool in the park on rue Heron, in order to make it more accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Concept art also showed a proposal for a raised âriverâ in the middle, where toddlers could play in shallow water, which would have cost a total of $ 177,000.
Similar improvements were also conceptualized for Chilko Park, however, as the proposal allowed the public to turn water on and off at their convenience, the park would not have needed an attendant had work continued. . The total costs about $ 397,000.
Unfortunately, no upgrades were made as other projects were deemed to be of higher priority.