POINT PLEASANT — “Finally, the wheels are starting to move,” Mayor Brian Billings said at Monday night’s regular meeting of Point Pleasant City Council.
Billings was referencing the city’s water spray park project slated to be placed at Harmon Park. Billings reported to council that his office, with the assistance of Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley, had applied for a Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grant, a Governor’s Community Participation Grant and a grant through Peoples Bancorp Foundation for the project. In addition a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant application was in the process of being completed.
Billings said the next step is to form a committee for the project and to start private fundraising efforts with local companies and individuals to get the park funded without putting a financial burden on the city. Billings said the city was also awaiting a revision of the project from the Emerald FX company which originally drew up the plans for the park which will have a riverboat theme – the company designed and installed the spray park in Hurricane. Billings, City Clerk Amber Tatterson and Councilman Bob Rulen all visited the Hurricane facility to get ideas on how to move forward with a similar one in Point Pleasant.
The initial design for the park was based upon the premise that it be placed on top of the old Harmon Pool after it was filled in. After exploring the costs of dismantling some of the pool’s structure and filling it in, it was decided it would be more cost effective to place the park at Krodel, adjacent to the newly revamped playground, in a space that would not require demolition or fill. To dismantle the steel liner in the old pool and fill it in, could cost around $100,000, according to Rulen at a previous meeting.
Another advantage to the Krodel Park location, according to Billings, is available parking and restroom facilities are also nearby and a park manager is on site.
Spray parks are operated by motion sensors and do not require lifeguards. The motion sensors would activate the water when it is in use.
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