Donations sought for Stanstead water park
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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