Small sampling of responses:
I have been an advocate for a possible Splash Pad in Newberry
Springs for years. Helendale has had a small one for some time. There
are other improvements that Newberry should have already benefited from
years ago. That said, I find the Newberry CSD General Manager's above
post most inappropriate.
If GM, Jodi Howard's purpose is to poll the community on
what park grant funds should be solicited for, it is highly inappropriate
for the Newberry CSD to use a private, RESTRICTED website
to do the survey. Only those selectively preapproved to view the site
might know of the survey and be allowed to post to it.
That isn't open transparency!
In one response to a question about water usage, Howard says
that the Splash Pad would use recycled water. That doesn't respond to
evaporation nor address a host of many additional questions.
Recycled water used for a public application requires special
filtering and chlorination.
As with a public swimming pool, there is the heavy cost
of trained supervision and maintenance of equipment.
Expect also a possible increase in insurance, security fencing,
The CSD is currently struggling to maintain its simple
Le Hayes Memorial Park as it exists today. It is not just about the
capital improvement, but the sustainability of the operation.
Before exciting Newberry's residents about the possibility
of having a Splash Pad, and show an illustration of a large Splash Pad,
has the CSD done a study as to the feasibility of financially sustaining such an
Has the General Manager done her due diligence in preparing
a prior financial plan for the Splash Pad's operation? If so, where is it?
Why isn't the full cost of a Splash Pad being provided?
Newberry doesn't have the financial resources of Helendale.
Hopefully, this is something that the CSD can provide without further disappointing
the public's hopes that the General Manager has now raised.
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