Why a Spray Park?
For over 50 years, area children had enjoyed coming to Veterans Memorial Pool. Unfortunately, due to its aging condition, low attendance, and the expense to update and operate a seasonal pool, the City decided to close it. Since the closing of the pool, a citizens group was formed by the City of St. Johns Parks and Recreation Board with the purpose of bringing a water spray park to replace the pool.
The original pool was built by the Veterans of the area in the early 1950’s to give families a safe place to play. It is the intent of the committee to follow the Veterans' intent by providing a more modern and family-friendly place for area residents to play.
Cost of the Spray Park is estimated to be between $350,000-$400,000 (see below):
Water Park Equipment and Concrete $120,000 - $142,000
Installation $ 80,000 - $100,000
Existing Building Renovation $100,000 - $140,500
Site Prep $ 15,000 - $ 25,000
Shade, Fence and Access Routes $ 35,000 - $ 43,000
Total: $350,000 - $450,000
We hope to receive $150,000 through a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact co-chairs of the Citizens Committee, Bill Schafer, City Recreation Director at 224-8944 ext 227, or Suzie Fromson on Facebook at St. Johns, MI Spray Park.
City of St. Johns Parks and Recreation Board
Citizens for a Spray Park Committee
Spray Park Supporter Shirts are available to purchase at the City Offices.
Cost is $8 for youth shirts, $10 for adult shirts and $12 for XXL shirts.
Donation forms are available at the City Offices.