Clearwater family proposes spray park for youngsters

The most likely location for the spray park would be in Rotary Sports Park near Clearwater Secondary School

A graphic shows the design of a spray park being proposed by Roger and Debbie Mayer for Clearwater. They hope to raise $160

Nothing is happier than the sound of kids laughing,” says Roger Mayer.

That seems to be the philosophy behind a spray park being proposed by him and his wife Debbie for Clearwater.

“We’re excited about it and we want the community to be excited about it too,” Debbie Mayer said.

The couple approached Clearwater town council with the idea over one year ago.

Since then they have attended several other meetings and have been asked to provide costs for purchasing the equipment, maintenance and so on.

Recently they partnered with Clearwater Rotary Club to fundraise for the project.

The most likely location for the spray park would be in Rotary Sports Park near Clearwater Secondary School.

The site would have the advantages of a central location, visibility from Highway 5, already installed water, sewer and electricity, parking, plus existing washrooms and changing rooms.

Looking into the future, the Mayers say they can see the park becoming a major gathering place, with a gazebo or bandshell, picnic tables and so on. It already is, in some sense, the center of sports activity in Clearwater, with the nearby skateboard park, soccer fields and Sportsplex.

The spray park would have eight features geared to three age groups, from toddlers to 12-year-olds.

Cost to purchase the equipment would be about $130,000, while installing it would add another $30,000, so the total project cost would be about $160,000.

The Mayers say they don’t expect to raise all that from the community.

Instead, they hope to get enough money locally so they can go out and look for matching grants from foundations and other providers.

There don’t appear to be any federal or provincial grants available at this time. However, they hope to have a project application ready to go if any grants are announced.

Roger Mayer noted that this was the approach used by District of Clearwater and TNRD with the new dressing rooms being built for the Sportsplex. Staff had an application that was shelf-ready and applied for the funding as soon as it became available.

Water usage by the spray park would be minimal. The features only turn on when someone wants to use them, and only for a limited period of time.

Maintenance would consist mostly of twice-daily inspections, which could be done when the washrooms at Rotary Sports Park are opened and closed.

One of the Mayer’s sons, Gordie, passed away in an accident a few years ago. Since then the family has raised money in his memory and given it away in bursaries and for other worthwhile community causes.

Now they would like to something more concrete, they say.

However, the spray park wouldn’t be in just Gordie’s memory, but in remembrance of all those who helped build this community. The Mayers mentioned as examples Bill Mattenley, Ed Buck and Bill Collison.

What they are looking for now is two things. The first is people to serve on a committee to oversee the project. They particularly would like to see some young people with families involved.


The second would be to have people donate to an account that is set up at Interior Savings Credit Union for the project. Name of the account is Memoriam Splash Park – Clearwater Rotary.



Just Posted

UPDATE: Missing senior couple found

A senior couple from the Lower Mainland have been reported missing

Clearwater RCMP weekly police report

Clearwater RCMP responded to 41 calls for service over this past week

Editor, The Times:

Proportional Representation Debate?

Hospice campaign goes into seventh year

Lights to Remember raises funds for needed training of Hospice members

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

B.C. VIEWS: Setting speed limits in a post-fact political environment

Media prefer ‘speed kills’ narrative, even when it fails to appear

Controversy erupts over Japanese flag in B.C. classroom

Online petition demanding removal has collected more than 5,700 signatures

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire with winds ahead

Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began

Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in a few days

Jamal Khashoggi was a columnist for The Washington Post who was slain Oct. 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

CUPW requests mediator as deadline for Canada Post offer expires without deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in Saturday night with a last-minute plea to the two sides

Trudeau says he won’t negotiate in public on future of LGBTQ rights in USMCA

Legislators urged Trump not to sign the agreement unless the language was removed.

Most Read