After years of planning and fundraising, the Revelstoke Splash Park is now open in Farwell Park. Organizers held a grand opening on Aug. 15 to celebrate the new youth facility.
A big crowd, many of them under four feet tall and wearing swimsuits, gathered for the ceremony and brief announcement before the water was turned on.
Splash park committee organizer Pat McKee thanked the many volunteers and donors who worked on the project, mentioning Revelstoke Credit Union, the City of Revelstoke, the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, the Resort Municipality Initiative and the Columbia Basin Trust for their support, among many others.
“What they are investing in is the community,” McKee said. “All of these donors are giving a gift to Revelstoke, and it is a gift that will last 25 years.”
City council representative Jackie Rhind thanked the many volunteers who worked on the project over the years. “It was a community collaboration made possible by very dedicated volunteers.”
After the speech, a technician turned on the tap and the hundred or so kids at the opening mobbed park to peels of joy.
The park used to have a splash pool at the location, but changing health rules led Interior Health to effectively shut down the wading pool about five years ago.
Farwell Park is located at 1404 West First Street in Revelstoke, across the street from Okanagan College Revelstoke Centre. The park contains a washroom, two other jungle gyms, picnic benches and green space. For further information, see the splash park website or call the city parks department at 250-837-9351.