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Sponsorship possibility opens up at Red Deer spray park

City council to consider new sponsorship program for Blue Grass Sod Farm Central Spray Play
Blue Grass Sod Farms Central Spray Play has been a place to cool down during the summer for 10 years. (Photo from Blue Grass Garden Centre Red Deer on Facebook)

Potential sponsors may want to look at putting their name on the popular downtown spray park.

Blue Grass Sod Farm Central Spray & Play’s 10-year sponsorship agreement with the city is coming to an end.

Tammy Greba, recreation facilities supervisor with the city, said a new sponsorship program for the spray park will be presented to city council this fall to determine the details of a future agreement.

“Once we have council direction, then we will move forward,” said Greba, adding the sponsorship opportunity will be advertised.

On Thursday about 200 people attended a free hotdog barbecue hosted by Blue Grass to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the spray park and the company’s commitment.

“We can’t believe it’s been 10 years since we began our sponsorship of the spray park. We’re so thankful to be a part of this great community and are grateful for the opportunity to give back over the past 10 years,” said Bruce McEwen, Blue Grass owner, in a statement.

Blue Grass said sponsoring the spray park has been a wonderful way for Blue Grass to honour its grassroots and celebrate the families who have supported them for the last 50-plus years.


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Blue Grass Sod Farm Central Spray & Play, located at the northwest corner of Rotary Recreation Park (47A Avenue and 48 Street), will be open for the season until the September long weekend. It operates daily, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting.

Greba said the spray park traditionally opens on June 1, but this season it started up before the May long weekend with such steamy temperatures. The number of people who visited the park over the summer months has not been calculated yet, but on a hot day there could be 300 to 400 visitors.

“The community loves it. It’s a very well used spray park with a beautiful park area around. It is a nice complement to the Rotary Recreation Park.”

Some families like to make use of both the spray park and the outdoor pool at the Recreation Centre which is nearby. There is also a nice grassy area to lay down a blanket and spend the afternoon, she said.


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Greba said the sound of children’s laughter can often be heard coming from the spray park.

“To me, that’s what summer is all about. It’s outdoor fun and play and being with your family or friends. You can’t get anything better than that. ”

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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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