POINT PLEASANT — The first donation to establish a water spray park was made this week by Peoples Bank to the City of Point Pleasant.
“We are very grateful to the Peoples Bancorp Foundation for providing money to start up our spray park and hope others follow their lead,” Mayor Brian Billings said on Wednesday when accepting the donation for $2,000.
Billings said the city has sent written requests to local legislators as well as businesses asking if there is an interest in funding the park which will be a new recreational activity at Krodel Park. In addition, the city is in the process of applying for grants to finance the project without passing any additional financial burden on to the city residents.
The project, designed by Emerald FX which also designed and installed the spray park in Hurricane, is estimated to cost around $260,000. 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 spray park will have a riverboat theme to complement the community’s river heritage. The outdoor aquatic feature will add to the activities already provided at the park which includes camping, fishing, walking trails, a newly constructed playground, and historic Fort Randolph.
“Peoples Bank is pleased to reinvest in our community and support the ongoing improvements to Krodel Park,” said Sharon Stapleton, Peoples Bank AVP, Banking Center manager, Point Pleasant offices. “We are looking forward to the children not only of the Mason County community enjoying the spray park, but children from adjoining communities as well.”
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.
Peoples Bancorp Foundation contributions focus on charitable giving in four major areas: community investment and economic development, youth and education, human services programs that improve the social needs of low- to moderate-income communities and individuals, and the arts and cultures. Organizations receiving grants meet those requirements and serve the markets where Peoples Bank currently has office locations.
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