From left , Parksville Coun Sue Powell, PDBA board member Michelle Jones and PDBA president Melisa Beatty presents a cheque for $5,000 to Michael Garland of the Parksville Lions Club and Gord Svenson of Rotary Club of Parksville AM last week at the splash park in Community Park. — Photo submitted by Deb Tardiff

Parksville businesses go all-in for splash park

PDBA earns High Tide donor status with $5,000 contribution

On behalf of the Parksville Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, the City of Parksville announced last week a donation in support of the new splash park from the Parksville Downtown Business Association. The PDBA donation of $5,000 is the first at the “High Tide” level and the city expressed its appreciation of this generous support, it stated in a written release.

“The Parksville Downtown Business Association is excited to contribute $5,000 to the new Parksville splash park,” said PDBA President Melisa Beatty. “The Community Park is the jewel of our downtown core, and its splash park is a huge draw for visitors and locals alike. The redevelopment of this beautiful amenity will ensure that it remains an attraction and a source of smiles for years to come.”

The City of Parksville is grateful for the commitment of the Rotary and Lions Clubs to ensure the success of this project and to the community’s businesses, organizations and individuals for their support of this significant fundraising project to make a new splash park a reality for the community, the release stated.

The PDBA is funded by the commercial property and business owners within the downtown Business Improvement Area.

The Lions and Rotary clubs have jointly committed to a $100,000 contribution toward the $300,000 splash park replacement project.

The new splash park project will include dismantling of the existing spray park, replacing waterlines and drain infrastructure, new equipment to meet current regulations, new surface or pad, equipment installation, signage, landscaping and commissioning.

The city has budgeted $200,000 and the Rotary and Lions have committed to raising the balance from the community, including their own club contributions. Any additional funds will be used to assist with ongoing maintenance of the splash park.

Donations may now be made online through Canada Helps linked from the splash park website at www.parksvillesplashpark.com. The website also offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities as well as project updates, ongoing fundraising initiatives and how people can help with the project.

— NEWS Staff and City of Parksville release

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