Friday, June 19, 2015

The people in your neighbourhood: Pincher water park proponent Jen Draper

Jennifer Draper with sons Jet, Jaydon and Jayce at a water park
Toni Lucas

"I feel pretty confident, I'm really excited," said Jen Draper regarding the possibility of an upcoming spray park in Pincher Creek.  Draper first proposed the idea at Town Council in September 2013.  "I wanted it so I wouldn't have to leave town to entertain my children."  Draper has three very active boys Jaydon, Jet, and Jayce that love going to water parks in hot weather.  She discovered a lot of other young families in the area really liked the idea of creating a water park so she spearheaded the initiative to have one in Pincher Creek.  She is currently the co-chair of the Spray Park Committee.

The committee has held fundraisers, written grant applications, gathered and evaluated public input, and found organizational partners.  Currently the spray park is one part of a Canada 150 grant application submitted to the federal government.  The Canada 150 Fund is intended to improve communities in time for the July 2017 Canada Day celebrations that will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.  "We are going to have a spray park in Pincher Creek by July 1, 2016, hopefully. We have just finished the logo contest,"  said Draper.

Jen Draper is also the Produce Manager at the Pincher Creek Co-op Food Store.

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