Earlier today the District of Mission closed the spray park located at the Mission Leisure Centre following an incident that required emergency care for children and staff.
“Everyone at the District of Mission is shocked that a terrible incident involving children could happen at our spray park,” said Mayor Pam Alexis. “Our thoughts are with the children and families impacted.”
Once notified the Parks, Recreation & Culture staff responded immediately and administered first aid, called EMS and have since cleaned the equipment, pressure washed and irrigated the area. Mission Fire Rescue Service attended the scene with paramedics.
Our Public Works crews were also on site to test the water source and confirmed it was safe. Incident reports have been completed at the Leisure Centre.
An investigation is currently underway involving Mission RCMP. The Mission RCMP are requesting if anyone has information related to this case to contact the Mission RCMP at 604-826-7161 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Read their statement on the RCMP website.
Spray Park Backgrounder:
- The spray park was re-opened 10 days ago after the COVID-19 shutdown and has been working safely.
- The water that supplies the spray park is from the municipal drinking water system and is not connected to the pool in any way. The water is also not re-circulated.
July 17, 2020 Update
The District has worked with the RCMP and Fraser Health since the incident occurred on July 14 and the spray park is now open again. The following additional measures have been put in place to protect users of the park:
- Complete a wider walkabout through the park, pick up litter and not open the spray park if there are any items or signs of concern noted.
- The spray park will be run in the morning, prior to opening, for 15 minutes to flush the entire area including the spray features.
- Significant flushing and irrigation of the spray park and surrounding grass area has been done.
- A security camera is to be installed.