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Fundraising continues for new Regal Heights Spray Park with upcoming 50/50 draw

Just over $253,000 to be raised for park construction and landscaping, opening date aimed for 2023
With the blast furnace heat smothering Moose Jaw and all of southern Saskatchewan in recent weeks, it seems rather fitting that the North West Community Association (NWCA) will soon be launching a major fundraiser for their Regal Heights Spray Park project.

The organization will begin a 50/50 draw through EchoLotto on Aug. 1, with a prize of $50,000 going to the winner with a complete sellout.

It’s just the latest step in what’s been a rapid launch for the park, which will be located in the area behind the outfield of Blackwell Diamond and the nearby outdoor rink on the 1200 block of 13th Avenue Northwest.

“We received a grant and that’s good progress, and we’ve received some individual donations, so we’re getting there,” said Sandra Stewart with the NWCA, referring to $5,000 received from TC Energy for the project. “We haven’t made any big jumps yet, but it’s coming along.”

Interest has steadily grown since the project was first announced in early June, and $20,000 has already been raised. The City of Moose Jaw designated the park a municipal project during their June 28 executive committee meeting, meaning charitable donation receipts can be issued to individuals and businesses that contribute to the project. 

All told, the community fundraising campaign plans to raise $253,000, of which just over $185,000 would be used to build the park itself and a further $67,250 will be needed for landscaping and finishing.

Construction will hopefully begin in fall of 2022, with the park opening in 2023.

That’s where the 50/50 comes in. The draw will begin on Aug. 1 and run through the month until Aug. 31, with tickets available online at $10 for one and $50 for six. Links and further information will be provided closer to the date.

The NWCA is also currently holding a bottle drive. To be added to their pick-up list, email mjnorthwest2020@gmail.com, or bottles and cans can also be taken to SARCAN using Drop and Go and the phrase ‘Regal Heights Park’. Be sure to follow the NWCA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mjNorthWest2020 for more information, including a pick-up date.

The above e-mail can also be used for general donations to the spray park through e-transfer.