Bigger, better Landing spray park

The Landing Spray Park is set to undergo renovation and expansion in Chilliwack starting next year.

Chilliwack MP Mark Strahl and Mayor Sharon Gaetz share a laugh during Tuesday’s announcement.

Chilliwack MP Mark Strahl and Mayor Sharon Gaetz share a laugh during Tuesday’s announcement.

The Landing Spray Park is set to undergo renovation and expansion in Chilliwack starting next year with new features, expanded spray pad and improved picnic area by 2017.

MP Mark Strahl delivered the news this week in a blitz of pre-election goodies, announcing $425,550 in improvements to community infrastructure in Chilliwack, and beyond, at the Landing Leisure site on Tuesday.

The projects were funded under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which celebrates the Canada’s 150th, from a $46 million pool from Western Economic Diversification Canada.

“Our investment in community infrastructure is part of our Government’s plan to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation and it will help preserve valuable community and cultural spaces, such as parks, trails and cultural and community centres, that unite and connect us all across the West,” said Strahl.

Chilliwack’s share of the 150th anniversary pie, comes in the form of $225,00 in federal funding for the spray park reno, which is added to City of Chilliwack’s contribution of $250,000 for a total of $475,000 for the spray park project.

The spray park expansion project should see work started by April 2016, with completion set for March 2017, in time for the July 1, 2017 celebrations for Canada’s 150th.

Here are some stats about the Spray Park, constructed in 2004, which now measures 2,020 square metres.

The 425 sq. m. spray pad is getting an extra 280 sq. m. added onto it, with new water features going in.

The existing grassy picnic area, complete with a viewing area from picnic benches, is set to receive a facelift as well.

“For over 10 years children and families have greatly enjoyed the Chilliwack Landing Spray Park,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz. “Thanks to matching Federal funding, our community will continue to enjoy this free facility with an expanded spray park and improved picnic area.”