Seeking community investment
The proposed splash pad project brought forward recently by Kiwanis Club of Prineville is expected to cost around $150,000 to complete.
That price tag does not include additional improvements near the attraction to make it more inviting to the public.
The club is consequently turning to the community for financial support in the coming months to ensure it can fully fund the project as envisioned.
The idea for a splash pad originated about three years ago when Kiwanis member Linda Smith suggested the idea as one of the club's capital projects. Preliminary research determined the splash pad exceeded the club's financial resources, however this past year, Kiwanis was able to secure an $80,000 grant from Facebook, which gave the idea new life.
Project co-director Wayne Looney said Anderson Pools, a Portland-based company that is one of the top pool builders in the state, was chosen to complete the project. It will be located on Stryker Field near the corner of Northeast Fourth and Court streets.
Kiwanis plans to terrace the grassy slope that leads to the site and install a shading structure above it.
"It will have sails on it that are very much like the ones at Pioneer Park," Looney said. "It would be a place where parents can come and monitor children safely and sit in the shade and enjoy the day."
So far, Kiwanis has raised $130,000. The Facebook grant will provide $80,000, and Crook County has pledged $30,000 of its transient lodging tax collections. The Kiwanis Club, meanwhile, has earmarked $20,000 for the project.
Looney and project co-director Ray Austin have determined the Kiwanis Club will need another $75,000 to pay for the splash pad and the accompanying terrace work and shading structure, and will turn to community members to raise as much of that total as possible.
"Momentum is out there," Austin said regarding public interest in the splash pad. He noted that two recent posts about the project on the Kiwanis Club's Facebook page have collectively reached almost 2,000 people.
"I have been contacted by several people … asking how they can help, what we need," Austin said.
Looney added that the idea all along had been to "give opportunities to the community to invest themselves in this project."
"If you get to PayPal and you say 'send money to' and you put in that email address, you can then enter the amount," he explained. "It would be nice for them to put in the notes their names, so we can get them a tax-deductible receipt."
Another option, Austin said, is to make an online donation on the Kiwanis Club's Facebook page. On the page, people can find a donate button to click and follow subsequent directions.
Those preferring not to donate online can go to Prineville's First Interstate Bank branch.
"People can go to the bank and make a donation to the Prineville Kiwanis Foundation," Austin said, adding that people will need to provide the last four digits of the account number, which are 3844.
In addition to those options, people are also welcome to contact any Kiwanis Club member and provide them a donation directly.
To help draw more attention to the fundraising effort, the Kiwanis Club is planning to print small business cards that include donation information to hand out to local residents throughout the coming months. The fundraising effort is expected to conclude by March, with splash pad construction expected to take place sometime during the spring.
"This project has been on our radar for way too long," Looney said. "We are eager to put this project in place for the kids to use."