SUMAS ­— Sumas had a soft opening for its new splash spray park in the town’s City Park on Sunday, July 19.

A grand opening is slated for fall when the new playground and benches, which have been ordered but delayed due to COVID-19, will be installed.

State Reps. Luanne Van Werven and Sharon Shewmake and state Sen. Doug Ericksen were supportive in obtaining the nearly $2 million for the town’s projects, Sumas Mayor Kyle Christensen said. 

Christensen said he hopes, and has seen, people safely distance while using this new feature. The city plans to keep it operational through the fall, weather permitting. 

Also, the city will get new aluminum seating at Howard Bowen Memorial Park from a funding package that has been in the works since early 2019. An environmental review process has been completed and seating capacity will increase from 900 to 1,500. The current wooden bleachers are in disrepair, the mayor said. The arena hosts events such as Junior Rodeo, Sumas Bull-A-Rama and other equestrian events.

— Elisa Claassen