Hopes of building a new splash pad in the downtown area went down the drain at Monday’s council meeting.
The Downtown Association asked council to re-consider building the new splash pad at Bellevue park and to favour Clergue Park as the location.
Council, however would not budge.
Council voted months ago to build the splash pad at Bellevue Park for a number of reasons, cost being one of them.
Bryan Hayes, former councillor and MP and now board member chair of the Downtown Association told council that some stakeholders were not invited to the consultation process before council made its decision.
Hayes told council that as a partner in the community, the association should have been asked for input into the project’s location.
Hayes believes that building the splash pad downtown would help as an economic driver for the downtown. “The downtown needs the splash pad more than Bellevue Park needs a splash park. The inaugural splash pad needs to be downtown,” Hayes said.
Most of council disagreed saying the decision was made based on public input and city staff recommendations.
Ward 1 councillor took offence to some of the remarks from Hayes and stated that city staff did extensive research into the decision. “the splash park is a place for children and families and not an economic entity”
Mayor Provenzano agreed saying the decision was the right decision. “As a community we need to start pulling in the same direction” the Mayor said following a vote of 10 to 2 to reconsider the location.
The splash park is budgeted at $575,000 and money still needs to be found to pay for it.
The Downtown Association was asked for a comment regarding the decision, but has not replied to our request as of publication.