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Sights set on site for spray park project for Art Gibbon

Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
July 8th, 2022

It’s about to get a little bit wetter in Art Gibbon Memorial Park.

The site of the city’s skate and bike park in Rosemont could also be the host of the city’s second spray park.

Phase three of the multi-generational park project orchestrated by Nelson Rotary Daybreak Club has been laid on city council’s lap in an ask for approval to move forward.

A community survey earlier this year — asking people’s opinion on fundraising for a spray park — uncovered a unanimous response in favour of the amenity. Another two surveys with more than 200 respondents found 87 per cent were in favour of the project.

However, the presentation was for information only and any request from the club will need to follow on a regular council agenda for consideration at an upcoming meeting.

For six years the Nelson Rotary Daybreak Club has been working to enhance the Art Gibbon Memorial Park in Rosemont through the multi-generational park project theme, with considerable success.

To-date it has raised “significant” funds through grants and community events, as well as public consultation, with the city supporting the first two phases of the project with in-kind support.

The first phase of the project involved installation of a playground, while the second phase involved paved walkways, wheelchair-accessible picnic tables, park benches and a shade shelter.

The spray park area would be triangular — 47’x 50’x35’ — to keep it away from power lines and the gazetted road allowance, adjacent to pathway on north side of the playground.

Park history

Art Gibbons Park was created as a wilderness in-the-city park with forested walkways, picnic tables, occasional benches and restrooms.

• May 2014 — Rotary Nelson Daybreak supported project: world-class skate park opened along with a large mountain bike skills park.

• November 2016 — Rotary Daybreak discussed development of playground, walkways with city.

• January 23, 2017 — Letter from city that council requires a community consultation process prior to budget approval.

• September 2018 — In partnership with the city, community consultation was conducted with surveys and public information sessions completed, with positive results.

Source: City of Nelson June agenda

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