Canby Presses Forward with Splash Pad, Other Projects

The Canby Parks & Recreation Advisory Board is moving forward on its plans to advance several high-profile projects Canby residents have been begging for, including a splash pad.

Mayor Brian Hodson informed councilors at last night’s Canby City Council meeting that the park board plans to appear at the Jan. 16 meeting to present recommendations for the splash pad, as well as which city park they think would be best suited for it.

Hodson said the board is also moving forward with the discussions for a new project, a potential sports field complex for the area located behind Ackerman Center and Lee Elementary School. The field has some simple baseball and softball diamonds built on it now, but is mostly open space.

Discussions are still in the very early stages, but Hodson said a small group representing the Canby School District has been looking at the potential of such a project for some time, and the city — which owns neighboring Legacy Park and the land behind it, currently used for a couple of soccer fields — would be a natural partner.

A couple months ago, the city gave its parks board the go-ahead to move forward with evaluations and recommendations for certain projects that are sure to be detailed in the Canby Parks & Recreation Master Plan, currently under revision. These projects included a splash pad and the Canby Dog Park.

Photo by Baltimore City Recreation & Parks.

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