The Moose Jaw North West Community Association (NWCA) is holding another 50/50 raffle to raise money for their Regal Heights Spray Park project, which has been the organization’s focus since early 2020.
The NWCA is a non-governmental volunteer association that takes on projects to provide low-cost — or no-cost — recreational opportunities in their community.
“We want to make an impact on our community,” explained Craig MacLeod, an NWCA member. “After talks with the Parks departments at (the City of Moose Jaw), there was kind of an obvious gap for a spray park … and Regal Heights hit that spot right on the mark.”
The city agreed to allow the association to begin fundraising in June 2021. That agreement allows the NWCA to issue charitable donation receipts for contributions to the project.
The spray pad will be located between the soccer field, baseball diamond, and hockey rink in the Regal Heights Park.
The estimated cost is $253,000, including all the equipment and necessary landscaping.
“We’re a little over halfway to the $250,000,” MacLeod said. “We just did a 7/11 Day, last weekend at the 7/11 right by Regal Heights. We’ve done grant-based things, we have a recycling program at SARCAN where people can donate their bottles to us.”
The biggest development so far is a contribution in May 2022 from the Moose Jaw Kinsmen. They signed an agreement with city hall to donate $100,000 to improving Regal Heights Park. That agreement includes naming rights to the park for the next 25 years.
Council directed $25,000 to improving the Blackwell baseball diamond — the remaining $75,000 will go toward the spray park.
“Our goal is to get more free play in there,” MacLeod said. “That’s always our goal, we want as much free recreation as possible for the community. … We’re looking to hopefully build by spring of 2023.”
Follow the NWCA on their Facebook page to receive updates at facebook.com/mjNorthWest2020/.
The link to the raffle can be easily found on the NWCA Facebook page or go to trellis.org/regal-heights-spray-park-5050.
Tickets are 1 for $10, 5 for $20, or 25 for $50.