The Kimberley Rotary Club Spray Park project got a solid boost this past weekend, when it was announced that the Columbia Basin Trust was coming through with a $143,000 grant.
Mayor Don McCormick, also a Rotary member, says this means shovels in the ground this year, although there is still some $25,000 to be fund-raised. McCormick is confident that amount can be raised given the community buy-in to the project so far.
This announcement will cause some ripples right down the line as the location chosen for the new spray park is where JulyFest bocce is traditionally held.
If construction begins before JulyFest, then the Kimberley Chamber and JulyFest Committee have some decisions to make.
Alternate locations are under consideration, according to Chamber Manager Mike Guarnery, but there are lots of logistics to figure out.
“The Chamber will have a decision on the bocce location very shortly,” he said.
As for the spray park, McCormick says Rotary is very pleased with how supportive the community has been.
“This has become a community project. We have received money from all kinds of organizations. It’s been an amazing community effort. We’ve raised $140,000 over two years. That’s not a small amount. And the grant from CBT put it over the top.”