Do­na­tions sought for Stanstead wa­ter park

Stanstead Journal - - CLASSIFIEDS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

The As­so­ci­a­tion des Loisirs de Stanstead (Recreation As­so­ci­a­tion) has been try­ing to raise enough money to build a wa­ter park for the chil­dren of Stanstead since 2009 and they may just reach that goal soon with some help from the pub­lic.

The As­so­ci­a­tion learned just re­cently that par­tial fund­ing, in the amount of $25,000, was awarded by the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC’s Fonds de de­vel­oppe­ment de ter­ri­toire for the $100,000 project which would see one sim­i­lar to the fa­cil­ity in Ayer’sCliff built in Beebe Me­mo­rial Park.

“So far we have ac­cu­mu­lated $84,028 with the fund­ing from the MRC,” said Marise Trepanier, a mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion. The rest of the money raised came from var­i­ous sources: the town of Stanstead will match the $25,000 from the MRC; $17,000 has been ac­cu­mu­lated at the Town Hall through dif­fer­ent pro­grams; The Caisse Des­jardins do­nated $5,000; Am­bu­lance Stanstead do­nated $5,000; and the Recreation As­so­ci­a­tion has raised about $5,000 through some of their ac­tiv­i­ties.

That leaves only $16,000 be­tween noth­ing and a whole lot of fun for Stanstead chil­dren for years to come! “We would build it in Beebe Me­mo­rial Park for sure. We have the room there and the space for the plumb­ing and the elec­tri­cal in the ca­bane. The Stanstead sum­mer camp is based there and the park is ac­ces­si­ble by the bike path,” ex­plained Ms. Trepanier who has oc­ca­sion­ally biked from Stanstead to Ayer’s Cliff with her chil­dren to use the wa­ter park there. Wa­ter parks, which are equipped with elab­o­rate sprin­klers in­stead of wad­ing pools, have be­come more pop­u­lar in city parks be­cause they are low main­te­nance, en­ergy ef­fi­cient and pop­u­lar with chil­dren. Find­ing life­guards to work at pools in small towns can also be a chal­lenge, but they aren’t needed at wa­ter parks.

With the an­nounce­ment of the pos­si­ble fund­ing from the MRC, the fundrais­ing for the water­park has, out of ne­ces­sity, ratch­eted up a notch. If the project isn’t car­ried out this year, the fund­ing may not be re­newed next year. The pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion des Loisirs de Stanstead, A.J. Bedard, is hop­ing that the com­mu­nity will re­spond gen­er­ously to this re­quest for do­na­tions. “The town has given us a good hand and they will con­tinue af­ter it is built by pro­vid­ing the main­te­nance at the wa­ter park. Now we’re hop­ing to hear from busi­nesses, in­dus­tries and lo­cal phi­lan­thropists who would like to help,” con­cluded Ms. Trepanier.

If you would like to do­nate to make the Stanstead wa­ter park a re­al­ity, you can call Marise Trepanier at 819 7040660 or send a cheque to the As­so­ci­a­tion des Loisirs de Stanstead, 10 Phelps Street, Suite 205, Stanstead, QC, J0B 3E2. If the Stanstead Recreation As­so­ci­a­tion can raise about $16,000 in the next few months, a wa­ter park here in Beebe Me­mo­rial Park will be a re­al­ity.

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