After five summers spent cleaning and maintaining the splash pad at the Beaverton Harbour, members of the village’s Lions Club are ready to pack it in.
According to a letter that was on the agenda for Monday’s parks and recreation committee meeting, the club has requested that Township staff take over the duties prior to this summer’s opening.
“The Beaverton Lions Club appreciates the clarification that our club and members are not covered by any Township insurance when inspecting and cleaning the Randy Skinner Splash Pad,” the letter from Bill Graham reads.
“With the best interest of our club and its members, being able to continue to serve the Beaverton community, it is our decision not to volunteer to inspect and clean the Randy Skinner Splash Pad moving forward. We trust that this early notification of our decision will permit the Township to schedule staff to conduct weekend cleaning and inspections for the upcoming season.”
The club fundraised to build the splash pad, which opened in 2013, and has covered regular maintenance and clean-up since.
The Brock Voice spoke to one club member, who asked not to be identified, that said it could take a couple hours of work to get the facility up to snuff every weekend.
“When it opened, it would take about a half-hour in morning to start pad and clean surface of debris. But as the park has gotten busier, Lions members are emptying garbage cans, cleaning garbage off the picnic tables and grounds and cleaning the portable washrooms, etc.,” they said.
Members of council received the letter and directed the matter to staff for a cost estimate.