A splash park is to be constructed in George Little Park as Terrace council voted last night to accept the recommendation from city staff to use a donation from two local Rotary Clubs of up to $250,000 for that purpose.
The two clubs told council at the last meeting that maintenance of the facility once it is constructed would be $1,000 annually, however the staff report last night estimated $4,000 a year plus repairs of up to $10,000. These costs will be paid by the city once the park is constructed by rotary.
The planned park will be an extension of the current play area in George Little Park and that play area might also be upgraded at the same time.
At 1,500-1,700 square feet, the splash park as currently planned by the Terrace Rotary and Skeena Valley Rotary Clubs will be one fourth the size of other splash parks, according to the comparisons presented to council.
One of the main reasons for the choice of location was because the clubs had decided where they thought the splash park should go and they were the ones offering the money, director of leisure services Carmen Didier told council.
The clubs still have to raise more money for the project and they have 2016 pegged for completed construction.
“It will have geyser-like features,” said Didier.
Gymnastics club gets money to lure Canucks alumni
City council dipped into a $20,000 discretionary account called “council unbudgeted” to help finance an appearance later this year by a number of Vancouver Canucks alumni.
And it did so in approving a Terrace Peaks Gymnastic Club request for $2,765 in the form of waived rental fees for the arena and banquet room.
On Sept. 26 the club wants to bring up the Vancouver Canucks alumni team for a money raising event that will sponsor new equipment for the club’s Thornhill gym facilities.
“This fundraiser is huge to revitalize the facility and with this help from the city we will be able to be in a good position to make this game happen like a mini Hockeyville so to speak,” said club representative Ron Bee.
The Canucks alumni team will boast four players from the 1994 team that made it to the Stanley Cup finals.
The discretionary account is meant for requests from community groups for assistance as the city’s budget year moves on.
The final city appointments were announced with councillor Sean Bujtas chosen by mayor Carol Leclerc to sit on the Community Forest Corporation profit distribution committee (he joins councillor Lynne Christiansen who was already selected) and councillor Stacey Tyers who will sit on the housing committee.