Samantha Busse, 11, tries to protect herself with a bucket during a water fight at the Elgin Park pool recently. Busse was attending the parks and recreation department summer playground program at the park for children six to 12. Colin Dewar photograph
Working towards ensuring everyone has fun, the city announces park improvements for 2014.
Late Wednesday the City of Moose Jaw announced it had begun work on a new special needs accessible water spray park and playground in the city’s northwest.
Elgin park has been on the city’s radar for quite sometime as one of the parks requiring a major facelift, said Bob Craig, design and development technician for the City of Moose Jaw’s Parks and Recreation department.
“(Elgin) has been on our list of parks due for replacement. It has the old wood play structure and paddling pool. So with the matching grant money we got, we thought being that this is such a large, popular area for kids to go, it would be the perfect park for (this project).”
As for the money designated to the project, Craig said 50 per cent of it came from a grant and 50 per cent from the city.
The matching grant funding from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) was applied for by the city. Craig said although the city could have done the upgrades without the grant, having that matching dollars will only allow for a “bigger, better park.”
In the end the city, with the help of the CIIF, will have invested approximately $277,000 into revamping Elgin park.
Craig said the project would include a new accessible play structure, with brail and other sensory components and a water park, similar to the Crescent Park and South Hill water parks.
Demolition of the old play structure is currently underway and the paddling will follow within the next couple of weeks.
He said as of right now the project is moving along smoothly and on time.
Although there is always room for delays, Craig said he is sure the park will be ready to open in the summer of 2014.
“Worst case scenario, we have to finish up in the spring. But it will be open for the summer and the Playground Program.”
As for the old park and the material it was made of, Craig said much of it will be recycled, while things like slides, swings and barriers have been put into storage, ready to be used as replacements pieces for other parks.
The city is asking that the community be mindful of the construction and stay away from designated construction zones.