By Treena Mielke
A spray park in Rimbey, not operational for two years, may not be completely dead in the water.
At its meeting, Monday, council unanimously voted to shell out $92,000 to repair the park.
In 2015 a large volume of water was found to be running underground from the equipment to the spray park mechanical vault.
It was determined at that point the park had many underlying problems and that a great deal of money would be needed to rectify the problem.
During the 2017 budget deliberations, council decided to demolish the existing spray park, add a fence around the area to increase the picnic space for the pool users and add two water features to the beach area of the existing outdoor pool.
The amount budgeted for this project was $86,000.
However, council has received a quote from Moore Maintenance Ltd. to repair the park of $92,000 which they have agreed to accept.
In a letter accompanying the quote, the company suggests they remove the existing spray park equipment of the concrete pad and remove t heisting concrete.
They also want to replace the PVC pipe with an alternate pipe that is more resistant to heaving and freezing such as an aquatherm pipe which is fused and not glued.
Once the plumbing is complete and trenches are backfilled and packed we would like to build up the pad so water would not pool on the concrete.
The new pad would be built on piles and Styrofoam would be installed under the concrete also to eliminate heaving.
The equipment would then be reinstalled on the new concrete pad.
Mayor Rick Pankiw made the motion to repair the park.
“We’re the council of the day and we need to own this,” he said.