It’s not often that an industrial welder makes a giant metal flower for a long-term care home, but that’s exactly what happened this spring in Strasbourg.

Last Mountain Pioneer Lodge in Strasbourg has a spray park on its grounds.

“I believe it’s been there about seven years,” explained Michel Sorensen, an activity worker at the long-term care facility. “The community built it, and we maintain it.”

After years of use, the park was in need of some repairs. After a discussion with the maintenance department at the home, Michel asked her husband Terry, a journeyman welder, if he could help fix it.

Terry Sorensen installs the large flower sprayer in the spray park.

Terry Sorensen installs the large flower sprayer in the spray park.

Terry agreed to have a look at the park. He inspected it, took the parts he needed to make the repairs, and ended up not only fixing and painting what was already there, but adding a giant flower sprinkler to the park, which is something Sorensen did not expect out of her husband.

“He surprised us with that,” she said. “He said he decided it needed more excitement.”

The daisy-like flower sprinkler isn’t just for visual interest. As a tall sprayer, it allows the park to be used by older kids who are a little taller than the toddlers who were the only ones able to splash in the park before.

“It’s worked so well,” Sorensen smiled. “It probably stands about six feet tall, so the whole pad gets wet.”

The new spray park next to Last Mountain Pioneer Lodge

The new spray park next to Last Mountain Pioneer Lodge

The now brightly painted park has proved to be a hit with the community, from the kids to the recreation board, to the residents at the home.

“We’ve partnered with a local daycare to have their kids coming over this summer. When they come by, we bring residents outside to watch them play. They just love seeing the kids play in the park,” Sorensen said.

It’s been a draw for families coming to visit loved ones at the home.

“The grandkids bring their suits, and they run around while their parents and grandparents watch,” she noted. “It’s pretty cool.”

At least one of the residents has been out to enjoy the park themselves, Sorensen reported.

Shirley Cameron, a resident of Last Mountain Pioneer Lodge, makes use of the park and its new addition.

Shirley Cameron, a resident of Last Mountain Pioneer Lodge, makes use of the park and its new addition.

“She was pretty happy to put on her suit and go through the sprinklers,” she said.

Despite an offer to pay him for his work, Terry has refused.

“He said it’s for the community and for the kids, so he was happy to volunteer. I’m pretty proud of him for doing it,” his wife said.