New washroom facilities for the splash pad arrived in Heritage Park this morning, and once fully installed, the washrooms will be wheelchair accessible.
The bad news: it is now looking less and less likely that the splash pad will be completed for use this summer.
“I wish I had really good news for you,” director of community services Cheryl Wiebe told council at their last regular meeting.
“We still don’t have a date for Hydro and to be really honest, we’re hitting a bottleneck point . . . I am not optimistic that we are going to be open this year. We’re going to continue pushing forward and as soon as it’s feasible to do so we will, but I have to say for the first time since May, I’m not feeling very optimistic about this.”
The project was originally targeted to be completed on Canada Day but unforeseen issues with BC Hydro have resulted in delays.
“I still have no word from Hydro, so at this point I’m saying that everything will be open next spring,” Wiebe told the View this morning.
Wiebe also noted that the local contractor for the project was not to blame for any of the delays.
“Superior Excavating, as a local Peachland business, has gone above and beyond in accommodating this project, being flexible on site, and being flexible with the change in schedule. It’s an unbelievable company,” said Wiebe.
“This project was supposed to have been done and delivered on July 1. They were delayed when our work site was shut down because of Hydro, so they had to pull out and stop. Then they came back and now they’re delayed again until Hydro can come back on site and connect everything, so they’re doing the very best they can in the environment that we’re working in.”
Upcoming works that are expected to continue into September include curbing, paving, and landscaping.