Summer might be over, but that isn't stopping Kyle Olsen from doing everything he can to get Hanna its own spray park. Olsen and the Hanna Spray Park Association have been fundraising hard this summer to raise enough money to start building a spray park in 2019.
"We did a steak and lobster dinner with auction and silent auction," explained Olsen. "We had over 80 local people donate to it all. We sold over 250 tickets and, once bills were paid for everything, we came out about $40,000 ahead."
"Earlier we did that barbeque to get going and then we also helped out with Hannapalooza. So, we did all the set-up and all the take-down at the end of the night. We don't have a total number on it yet, but the organizer is giving us proceeds from the event."
Despite a fantastic summer of fundraising, the next step for the Hanna Spray Park Association is to raise even more money, although Olsen now plans to turn his attention towards grants and bursaries.
"Right now, we move forward with chasing down grants [and] any fundraisers we can get into," elaborated Olsen. "We probably won't do an event to this magnitude again for awhile. If we can enough money going through grants then we can get a better, concrete plan for next year and we can go ahead and present an actual plan."
Once the fundraising is complete and designs are drawn up, the group will present their plan to Hanna Town Council. If approved, Olsen hopes to start building in 2019.
People looking for more information about the project, or to donate or volunteer, are encouraged to contact Olsen or the Hanna Spray Park Association through Facebook.