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Chinook Spray Park experiences glitches in hot weather, no closures

By: Sara Wilson

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:43 am

Some residents are concerned that the Chinook Winds spray park has not been operating on some days this summer.
Some residents are concerned that the Chinook Winds spray park has not been operating on some days this summer.
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Some Airdrie residents took to social media to complain about the Mattamy Homes Spray Park being closed at the Chinook Winds Recreation Centre during last week’s heat wave.

According to the City, the spray park has not been closed this summer, but has experienced a “few glitches.”

“It’s quite an elaborate system,” said Kevin Brinson, team leader with the Park’s Department at the City of Airdrie.

“If it’s a hot summer day, the UV rays cut down the chlorine in the water and it shuts off the system.”

The park has been temporary off-line for only short periods of time and not for whole days, according to Brinson.

Brinson added that on occasion children bring mud or gravel from their feet into the splash area and the debris can also clog the system.

“When that happens, it keeps shutting down, but it’s not broken,” he said.

The spray park is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and features two twist n’ spill water toys, a splash blaster spiral, ground sprays and an “interactive tappin’ tunes piano” that plays music and sprays water.

During the 2013 budgeting process, council approved $538,900 for land improvements at Chinook Winds Regional Park, after $4.8 million was invested – in collaboration with Mattamy Homes - in the Park in 2012 to build it.

Brinson said the “glitches” are normal and are to be expected for the system.

“It is (normal) for a system like this (to shut down),” he said.

“Just for the fact that it’s not new water being pumped in every time, it’s a filtered water system.”

Brinson added that if residents arrive at the spray park and it isn’t functioning, to call the City and an attendant will come and re-set it.

“The spray park is staffed at the park so if we get a call or a Tweet we can be there to re-set it in 20 minutes,” he said.

Brinson said the Chinook Winds Phase 2 will be discussed during 2015 budget negotiations that will take place later this year over the possible expansion of the park.

Residents can call the City’s park’s department at 403-948-8400 or contact them on Twitter @CityofAirdrie


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