New Spray Park to Open Aug. 3 at Castle Park
Port Coquitlam residents will have a new way to beat the heat on the B.C. Day long weekend: the new spray park at Castle Park.
Opening to the public on Aug. 3, the city’s third spray park is 375 square metres in size (4000 square feet) which includes 11 unique spray features for older and younger children, new landscaped areas, new seating areas, a dry and wet deck and connecting pathways.
The official celebration will take place on Aug. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a ribbon cutting, games, refreshments and more.
“This is a great addition to Castle Park and to our community as a whole,” Mayor Brad West said. “There’s still a lot of summer left for local families and kids to enjoy some fun in the sun at our new spray park. We encourage everyone to join in the grand opening festivities on Aug. 14.”
The new spray park complements Castle Park’s other features, which include a playground, picnic tables, walking trails, large open spaces and scenic views of the Fraser River. Castle Park is one of the city’s largest parks, located in Citadel Heights and serving the south side of the community.
“This will give Port Coquitlam families more opportunities to get outside, be active together and make use of our beautiful parks system,” said Cllr. Glenn Pollock, Council’s designate for recreation matters. “This project was identified as a need a number of years ago and it’s great to see it completed for families to enjoy.”
The $375,000 project was part of the 2019 capital budget and funded through the capital reserve account and development fees.
The new spray pad has two connected but distinct sections, with Aquatix-brand water play elements suited to children ages two to five, and to those ages five to 12.
For the older children, features include a towering VersoSplash that unexpectedly dumps buckets of water, and a flexible SprayVine that allows children to direct streams of water at each other. Younger children will enjoy smaller-scale toys such as the Tot Water Post and Tot Shower Dome, both with different waterfall-style effects.
To conserve water, the system is equipped with low-flow features and sprayers, timers, and on/off buttons. Several new benches have been added, and new trees will be planted this fall.
The city’s two other spray parks are at Sun Valley Park on the north side and Lions Park near the downtown.
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