Emo spray park BBQ set

The Emo Spray Park committee is planning a barbecue for the end of the month, but it won’t be a regular barbecue—it’s been deemed a “Spray ‘n Slide” party.
A giant 100 ft. “water slide” (a slip ‘n slide-type mat) and several sprinklers will be set up at the Lions Park for children to enjoy.
“It’ll be like a ‘make-shift’ spray park. The kids can come and have a lot of fun,” noted committee member Dave Ogilvie.
“We thought it would help get people out and get them interested in what we’re trying to do,” added fellow member Michael Loney.
The committee is aiming to raise $150,000 by next spring in order to build the 60’ x 60’ water spray park near the existing playground, which will offer 3,600 sq. ft. of fun for children of all ages.
Spray parks are designed to be safe and unique play areas, where water is sprayed from structures or ground sprays and then drained away before it can accumulate.
The structures also use an unique triggering system so it only runs when it’s being used—eliminating any significant impact on the local water supply.
The barbecue, scheduled for June 30 from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. (weather permitting), will be both a fundraiser and an awareness strategy.
“We’ll have information there and people will be able to get an idea of what the spray park will look like,” explained Ogilvie, citing people will be able to make donations or buy commemorative bricks, which will be part of the design.
Another fundraising initiative on the go for the committee is a raffle for an entertainment package, compete with a Hitachi 50-inch plasma HDTV, a Sony home theatre surround sound system, and a DVD player.
The tickets, which cost $5 each, will be available at the barbecue, as well as at locations throughout the district.
Loney noted the sale is going well, but there are still tickets available.
The winner will be drawn June 30 around 8 p.m. during the intermission at the Borderland stock car races.
“If we get the weather, I think it’ll be a really good day,” remarked Loney of the barbecue, noting people will likely be in Emo that day for the stock car races and Canada Day fireworks.
“So it’ll be like a Canada Day celebration, too,” said Ogilvie. “We haven’t had anything for Canada Day at the park in years.”
The committee would like to have face painting and other children’s activities also at the park that day and hamburgers ($3), hot dogs ($2), and drinks ($1) will be available.
“People can make a whole day of it—come in to play in the park, have dinner, and go to the races,” Ogilvie added. “It’s not just for people in Emo—everyone is welcome.”