Last week officials with the City of Sheridan and the Sheridan Recreation District met with representatives from OLC Aquatics, who are the consultants designing the spray park that would be located in Thorne-Rider Park. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has an update on what the next step in the process is.
One of the questions that was raised during the consultants' time in Sheridan was whether to use a flow through or recirculation system for the water at the spray park. It was decided that a recirculation system would be more cost effective in the long run. Representatives with OLC pointed out that using that kind of a system could pose a potential risk of cryptosporidium being passed into the water.
Cryptosporidium is a one-celled parasite that can cause gastrointestinal illness in humans or animals. City of Sheridan Parks and Recreation Director Chuck Carbert says there is a solution that would take care of any potential problems.
Carbert said that the U-V system that would protect against cryptosporidium would be an additional $25,000. Before the consultants left town, they were given the go ahead to design a conceptual plan with a budget of approximately $350,000 for the spray park. The intention is still to have the spray park within Thorn-Rider where the current sand volleyball court is located.
There will be a public meeting on Tuesday March 9th at the old Highland Park School/Recreation Facility. The meeting will be at 4:30 pm, and those interested are encouraged to attend. A link has been provided that explains more about the cryptosporidium issue with spray/splash parks. http://www.aquaticsintl.com/2008...