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With survey results in hand, the city and contractors are working to put finishing touches on splash pad plan

It appears that Canby's splash pad will be ready to help cool Canby residents down this summer.

It may not be ready by Memorial Day, the original goal, but City Administrator Scott McClure, at a recent City Council meeting, told those assembled that it should be close to that date.

"The preferred target for opening is Memorial Day. We won't know if this is achievable until we finalize the design, check delivery times for components and get our contractor lined up," McClure said in an email to the Herald.

The city set up a survey at the Civic Building/Public Library for about seven weeks from November 2019 to early January 2020. It also was posted on the city's website and Facebook page. Residents were asked to pick one of three design options along with different components and water features.

All options were the same size and fit within the project scope and budget, and all three were similar in nature with a grasslands aesthetic, consistent with the city's Garden Spot theme. Each option showed a general layout using a different group or arrangement of components and water features.

Residents were asked to choose an overall favorite along with their favorite component or feature. There were more than 175 responses with 62 percent of that number stating resident's first choice for Option #1. Option two received 31 percent of the votes.

The preferred components or features were: the waterfall, Aneth Bloom, and the Tower Spray. More responses indicated additional surface spray features, seating and shaded areas for parents and others using the splash pad.

McClure and staff members will share these results with the contractor and together they will develop a final concept and construction schedule to integrate the community's feedback.

Canby's parks staff will supervise construction.

They will also discuss adding benches, shaded areas and/or a gazebo that weren't included in the initial project scope and budget.


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