Over 60 residents and students gathered in front of the Zions Bank shuttle stop to see the unveiling of the very first hydration station in Springdale, a joint project of Rotary Club of Zion Canyon, the Bumbleberry Inn, and the town of Springdale, on Saturday, April 25. The project, organized by the Rotary Club of Zion Canyon, took about two years from inception to installation and is the first of what the club plans will be many in town, with the eventual goal of a hydration station at every shuttle stop in Springdale.
The club raised the primary funds through community projects and events, including the Gooseberry Mesa Mountain Bike Poker Ride, happening again in May. Springdale Mayor Stan Smith, who is also the proprietor of the Bumbleberry Inn & Theater, was instrumental in donating much of the necessary funds for this first station. Plans are already in the works for three more hydration stations as part of a larger concept that connects with the Zion National Park initiative taken on many years ago when the park installed its own water-filling stations in an effort to reduce waste.
Many notable Springdale citizens were on hand, including numerous Rotary club members, the previously mentioned mayor, town manager Rick Wixom, and town council members Lisa Zumpft and Adrian Player, as well as the students of the Springdale Elementary school who read statements as part of the dedication.
Rotary Club of Zion Canyon holds its weekly luncheons every Thursday at 1 p.m. at Jack’s Sports Grill. Visitors are welcome.