Outdoor pool site will give way to spray park in Hythe

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Defunct for the past six years, the outdoor pool in Hythe is set to become the location for a new water spray park.

The Hythe and District Agricultural Society and village provided a sneak peek of the project last Wednesday.

Dubbed the Mustang Spray Park as a nod to Hythe’s history, the ag society hopes to open the $300,000 park next summer.

The society has $150,000 in its coffers tagged for the spray park, said Leah Moon, ag society president.

These funds were realized through operational savings on the pool since it closed in 2014.

With the village providing staff resources to repurposing the site and ongoing operational support, the ag society hopes to raise the remaining $150,000 through an online raffle. It will also be applying for grants, and may hold other fundraisers, like a dine and dance if permitted, Morgan said.

“Ever since the pool closed its doors, something has been missing in the village,” said Morgan.

“We’re excited to offer this facility to the community and surrounding communities.”

“This has been long in the works and hopefully finally coming to fruition,” Hythe Coun. Craig Hewitt said during the event.

“The pool has been here for 40 years serving Hythe and lots of families and kids enjoyed it, and hopefully the spray park will be the next phase and lots of fun for residents.”

The ag society ran Hythe & District Swimming Pool from 1978 to around 2014 but had difficulty maintaining the facility, resulting in its closure. It was demolished this year.

Leona Hanson, the village’s chief administrative officer, said the pool site was an ideal location for the park for its proximity to other recreation facilities.

The ball diamonds are behind the site and the curling rink and arena are also on 99th St., she noted.

“The great part, too, is that we’re using existing infrastructure, including the change room,” Hanson said during the event.

The ag society has launched an online 50- 50 at www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/hytheag, with a winner to be drawn Jan. 28, she said.

Morgan said she’s hoping construction can take place this spring for an opening in the summer of 2021.

The Edmonton-based company PlayWorks will build the park, she said.

The design shared at the event shows the park will feature a spray tunnel (angled nozzles to create tunnels of water) and a spin soaker users can rotate as it spills water.

Other features include “rainbow” arches, Charlotte’s Web, which shoots water from the ground in circular patterns, as well as giant horse shapes, customized for the project since PlayWorks typically uses dragon designs instead.

Hythe Coun. Bill Guise and County of Grande Prairie councillors Bob Marshall and Daryl Beeston also attended the project launch.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News