Businesses, service clubs give back to community through park addition
On a 90-degree day last week Bryanna Menard and her two young children sat under the shade of a tree at Rotary Centennial Park. She lamented that the only place to cool down is an actual pool, and you have to pay money to go there.
Luckily for Menard, her kids and the public in general, hot days like that are about to become much more enjoyable with the opening of Newbergs first public water park in August.
Known as a splash pad, the addition to the park will feature four bubblers which will push water about a foot high and 18 spray heads which will create five- to six-foot high jets of water. The splash pad area will measure 36 feet by 63 feet and also include three bases for the installation of future water features. The concrete base of the area will be etched with the shape of Yamhill County.
Funded primarily by Mortenson Construction, the project was originally proposed by the company at February meeting of the Chehalem Park and Recreation Department board. The proposal was a thank-you from Mortenson after it was awarded a $1.8 million contract to expand the citys wastewater treatment plant.
Since then it has garnered both public support and the support of many local contractors and service groups who are helping through material, labor and monetary donations. In all, the project has an estimated value of $100,000, according to Mortenson representative Jerrid Tompkins. The material costs for the project are estimated to be $58,000 according to the CPRD.
While the CPRD will pay for park maintenance and water, it will not have to pay any of the costs associated with its construction except for the time spent on the project by CPRD staff. A representative for the city of Newberg said the project would not cost the city anything now or in the future since all future costs will be handled by the CPRD.
Until now everybody has had to go out of town (to visit splash pads and other water features), said Kat Ricker, CPRD information coordinator. The public has asked for this, and the community has come together to make this dream a reality.
While the proposal by Mortenson came as a surprise to everybody involved, interest in a splash pad had been growing in the weeks prior to the proposal being made public. An online petition started in early February by Newberg resident Beth Koschmann garnered 186 names by the time it was presented at February CPRD meeting.
Tompkins said at the February meeting that it is standard practice for the company to complete a small project in thanks to the communities it works in.