Adam Kveton photo Mid-Island Co-op gives the Splash Park Project $30,000 — the project’s largest donation yet. Representatives of Mid-Island Co-op made the donation in the presence of the Lions Club of Parksville, Rotary Club Parksville AM and City of Parksville representatives at the splash park on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Two big donations nearly complete Parksville splash park fundraising

Mid-Island Co-op makes largest donation of the project

The Lions Club of Parksville and Rotary Club of Parksville AM are on the brink of hitting their $100,000-fundraising goal for a new splash park.

A pair of donations — $10,000 from Quality Foods, and $30,000 from Mid-Island Co-op made in the last week — means the fundraising effort is nearly done.

The overall cost of the project is estimated at $300,000, though the City of Parksville agreed earlier this year to pay $200,000.

Having launched the campaign in late-May to replace the aging splash park equipment at Parksville Community Park, the clubs had reached $50,000 in August.

RELATED: Parksville to replace water park

RELATED: Parksville splash park halfway to fundraising goal

Mid-Island Co-op representatives arrived at the splash park on Tuesday, Oct. 10 to make their $30,000 donation — the largest single donation made to the project, said Mike Garland with the Lions Club.

Barb Peters, chair for the funds allocation committee of the co-op, said of the donation, “It’s for the kids,” adding that Mid-Island Co-op has a location just across the road from the park.

Lions and Rotary AM members expressed their delight with the donation, and the Quality Foods donation made earlier in the week.

“Today we can be very proud of the accomplishment we’ve made,” said John O’Brien with Rotary Club of Parksville AM.

Garland said of nearing the end of the fundraising campaign, “It’s a relief.” But added he won’t count it finished until the last dollar rolls in, which should be quite soon, he said.

Any extra money donated to the project will go to sustaining the splash park going forward, he said.

In the mean time, work has already begun in removing parts of the splash park, said Lions member James Barrand who’s been taking care of the playground at Parksville Community Park (including the splash park) for eight years.

Five pieces of equipment have already been removed, all of which will either be used in the playground or the new splash park.

However, several other pieces of equipment, including the slide and the orca, will be auctioned off publicly as they no longer meet safety standards for public parks.

Asked when the design for the new splash park might be finished, he said he hoped to see it ready by the middle of December.

With fundraising nearly done, both the Lions Club and Rotary AM members suggested that this first partnership between the two clubs might not be the last.

Send news tips to:

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach to use RDN services for trash collection

Council says outsourcing waste pickup will be more efficient

Parksville’s Corfield Street to be partially closed March 28

Northbound lane to close for sewer main installation from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pair arrested after ramming stolen vehicle into police car in Qualicum Beach

Suspects remain in custody on multiple charges pending court appearance

Flood risk assessment funding granted to RDN and QB

Federal government pitches in $70,000 while province to fund $80,000

Qualicum Beach rejects elimination of strata age restrictions

Councillors raised issue of town’s lack of housing strategy

Response mixed to Parksville homeless housing project

BC Housing staff answer questions during open house

SurvivorPQB supports local charity

Readers vote for the favourites and are eligible to win $250 in groceries

Canucks find scoring touch in 5-2 win over Blackhawks

Four Vancouver skaters have two points apiece in victory over Chicago

‘Not well thought out:’ Arizona family slams B.C. speculation tax

American family spends half the year in vacation home on Vancouver Island

Family of B.C. wildfire victim wants better emergency preparedness for vulnerable people

Williams Lake’s David Jeff “fell through the cracks”

Senate backs bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Justin Trudeau reminded senators that his government was elected on a promise to legalize pot

Where Canadians buy real estate abroad: report

Hot Spots: Top 30 home-buying destinations for Canadians in the Americas

Ban on grizzly bear hunt, new rules take effect April 1

Taxidermists, tanners will have to report on any grizzly bears or parts brought to them

BREAKING: Cassie Sharpe adds world championship to Olympic gold

Mount Washington skier defends her crown in France, wins overall halfpipe title

Most Read