Park on Mechanic Street to honour important citizen
Municipal Council approved naming the park on Mechanic Street in Springhill the Sharpe Splash and Play Park, in honour of Bev Sharpe. Sharpe was vital in fundraising for the initial construction of the park. A recent fire resulted in a renovated park with the addition of a splashpad.
“Bev loves her community so much and has always been impassioned to believe that children need a place to play in that neighbourhood,” said Maryanne Jackson, district councillor. “We had over 80% of survey respondents support naming this park after Bev and that’s a testament to her contribution to Springhill.”
The accessible, all-ages park is being built in phases. Phase one is nearly complete and includes a splashpad and a playground space. Both the splashpad and playground will have components engineered to be accessible in addition to graded access to the spaces designed for ease of use.
“This is a space all members of our community can fully enjoy for years to come,” added Doug Williams, councillor for the neighbouring district. “I’m so pleased to see accessibility for all ages considered in the development of the park.”
Further phases of park design include developing a parking area, basketball courts, washroom facility and fencing.
Sharpe Splash and Play Park was intended to be used this summer however, a number of unexpected delays have occurred. Safety of users is a top priority and for the park to be safe and functional landscaping must be complete. The current water conservation advisory also impacts landscaping efforts and prohibits the use of the splashpad.