There are some projects that come along that just seem right.
One of these is the spray park being proposed for Clearwater by Roger and Deb Mayer (see article, page XX).
Since the tragic death of their son, Gord, in 2002 the Mayers have raised a considerable sum of money in his memory to give away as scholarships, to help needy families, or for other worthy local causes.
Now they would like to do create something more visible and long-lasting – and they want to do it in memory not just of Gord, but of all those who have contributed to create and sustain this community, and who have since passed on.
The Mayers mentioned Bill Mattenley, Ed Buck and Bill Collison as the sort of people they had in mind. Another name that should not be forgotten would be that of Roger Mayer’s own father, Art Mayer.
The North Thompson Valley went through a major growth spurt during the 1960s and 1970s with the development of sawmilling and the forest industry.
The generation that participated in and guided that development laid many of the foundations for the community that we have today.
They were a unique breed – pioneers in many ways. Now, one by one, they are leaving us.
What better way to mark the passing away of the old than by celebrating the arrival of the new?
The proposed splash park would be a gathering place for youngsters from toddlers to 12-year-olds and their families.
It would draw tourists off the highway, and it would help make Clearwater that much more attractive for those looking for a place to live.
The Mayers hope to raise $160,000 from the community and elsewhere for the project. Once established, maintenance costs for the spray park should be minimal.
There are more than few details still to be worked out, but the basic idea is sound.
We encourage everyone to get on board with this project and to help the Mayers make their dream of a children’s spray park for Clearwater a reality.