Converting the Memorial Park swimming pool in Butler into a spray park would cost $800,000, according to a feasibility study.
Officials leading the project had a public meeting Tuesday night as part of the final requirements of the study done by Pashek Associates of Pittsburgh.
Consultant Bob Good, who is doing the study for the firm, estimated the first phase of the spray park, which is essentially a playground with water spouts, would cost more than $800,000 in construction fees.
Good said the only way the park could become a reality is through grants and donations.
“We’ve known from the start that the city does not have the wherewithal to support development,” Good said. “The development would need to be supported by grants and donations.”
The first phase of the project would be the demolition of the swimming pool and the construction of the 3,700 square foot water pad featuring about a dozen spouts, a restrooms and maintenance building, shade structures, and a picnic area.
Good also said there would be a second phase depending on the success of the park, which would add more water features with another water pad.
The initial water pad would feature about a dozen water spraying features capable of serving 150 to 200 children at a time.
While the $800,000 price tag may seem high, Good said it is far less than the price of a new pool.
“To replace a pool that size would cost about $2 million,” Good said.
The pool closed in 2004.
The study will be done in the next two months. Then it will be given to the committee working with Good on the project and to the city.
There is no timetable as to how long it may take to collect funds for the park.
Good said if financing is secured, construction would take about 15 months to complete.