Consultants Will Move Forward With Conceptual Plan Of Spray Park

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.

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RJones is correct....... Why? People! WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY!Then again, if we can make a Dog Park.......?


$350,000??????? How about saving some money by using a sprinkler and garden hose? If the money is earmarked for Parks and Recreation, then why not do something with the money that the tax paying adult community would truly utilize too? Maybe something that could be used year round? Like indoor tennis courts? But that suggestion keeps falling on deaf ears and instead it is decided to waste the money according the parental desires.

Even though there is no reason the government could not reverse the decision and decide to be fiscally responsible, RJones is correct. Who is going to pay for future on-going maintenance costs? This is bloated government excess at is finest. I am really disappointed that my community is not making logical fiscal decisions.

This isn't the first time

This isn't the first time that kinskey has wasted Optional 1% tax on some worthless park.He managed to waste $389k of optional 1% tax in Nov.08 on "South Park",which after two seperate public meetings,it was established that the property was of no real use,other then that of flood control for kinskeys developer buddies.It's still sitting completely empty and of no use to the tax payer.

More clarification re spray park

Is the $350,000 just authorized for a conceptual design "extra money" already allocated to Parks and Recreation? But the actual cost of building the spray park would have to come out of the One Cent Optional Tax that we HAVEN'T passed for the next 4-year cycle?

If that's true, it seems crazy to have authorized $350,000 for something the public hasn't even said they want yet. That's no little amount!

Is the $350,000 of "extra money" a use-it-or-lose-it amount?

But maybe I misunderstand....


spray park

This would be a waste of money when the economy is in such bad shape. Why not use the money to fix existing infrastructure and maintain what we have already

Spray Park

Just to clarify, the money that has been earmarked for this project is optional one cent sales tax money that is designated for Parks and Recreation. These funds cannot be used to fix infrastructure. Just thought I'd clear that up.

Yet another reason to do

Yet another reason to do away with the optional 1% sales tax,to prevent tax dollars from being wasted on meaningless garbage like spray parks.

Good post!

I have been against the extra tax for years. Each time it comes up we get the same old spiel about what we lose if it doesn't pass. After it does pass, we get things that only benefit a few or none at all. It is time the taxpayers "just say no" to this.

There'll be a public meeting

There'll be a public meeting on march 9th,where the public gets to hear how this spray park is going to be built wether they want it or not.Democracy at its finest.

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