The Chase Lions Club is offering a family plaque fundraiser for the Water Splash Pad planned for Chase.- Image credit: Artist rendering contributed.

Plaque fundraiser for Splash Pad

Chase Lions Club offering family, neighbourhood and corporate legacy plaques.

The Chase Lions Club is getting close to halfway in its fundraising efforts for a water splash pad.

Club president Beverley Iglesias reports that $159,320 has been raised of an overall budget of $360,678.

The club’s next fundraiser is Pledge a Plaque.

Within the border of the water splash pad, casted aluminum plaques will be placed bearing contributors’ names. These legacy plaques will be cemented in the history of the park for years to come. There are many ways to have your name on a plaque, which are valued at $5,000 each, explains Iglesias. For a Family Legacy, dedicate a plaque in your family name. For a Neighbourhood Legacy, gather 10 friends and neighbours at $500 each. Or consider a Corporate Legacy. Official income tax receipts are available.

On May 24, reports Iglesias, the Chase Lions received a Family Legacy cheque for $20,000 towards a plaque in the park.

“We thank and recognize the Clarence Wright Family for this gracious gift. Five private plaque sponsorships for $5,000.00 each have also been received. These plaques are recognized on the window at 560 Shuswap Ave. The Chase Lions thank you for your kind sponsorship.”

To sponsor a plaque, contact Iglesias at 250-371-7136.

The Lions Club notes that splash parks create an environment that children of all ages and abilities enjoy. The tiniest toddler can play with the gentle ground sprays while the older kids commandeer the cannons in an effort to spray their friends. Rain caps give the sense of hiding from the water. Group volcanoes inspire kids to work together. Ground lily pad activators are low enough for all children. Wheelchairs easily access spray parks. Visually impaired children experience the exciting sensation of cool, plummeting water. Hearing- impaired children love the bright colours, the extra thick and tall components. Autistic children gain valuable social skills, and a water pad helps overcome the threat of drowning.

During the salmon run of 2014, reports Iglesias, the Chase Lions embarked on their water splash pad community project to enhance quality time for families.

Full engineered drawings and an Interior Health permit are in hand.

For 50 years, Iglesias reports, the Chase Lions Club has developed, assisted, encouraged and fostered community spirit.

“2017 commemorates many accomplishments, 50 years Chase Lions, 100 years Lions International, but most important, Canada’s 150th birthday. What a legacy year for all three.”

The club will hold a Canada Day July 1 breakfast at the Chase Community Hall, upstairs, 8 to 11 a.m.