Brandon Johnson was just 10 years old, but he had made an impact on his community. When the little boy known for his loving, generous spirit died of brain cancer, his Culver, Ore., neighbors rallied around the Johnson family.
Soon there was talk of how the town of 1,370 could honor his memory.
A family friend, Denise Woods, approached the city council with the idea of commemorating Brandon with a splashpark. She told The Bulletin newspaper that Brandon had been born with a congenital heart disease and had numerous surgeries before age 5. Then a brain tumor was discovered. Treatment helped, but he was diagnosed with another when he was in the fourth grade. Brandon passed away June 19, 2015.
The city donated land at Culver City Park for a memorial splashpark and citizens got busy with fund-raising activities, from cookie-dough sales at the elementary school to money-raising dinners.
When the owners of Anderson Poolworks in Wilsonville, Ore., heard about the effort, they decided to get involved. Jason Shallock, company operations manager/field supervisor, also is chairman of the APSP Pacific Northwest Chapter. The chapter members joined the cause, donating time, talent and equipment to make the splashpark a reality.
Chapter members involved in the project included Anderson Poolworks, Neptune Pools, S.R. Smith, Hayward and Pentair. A nonmember, Delta UV, donated equipment as well.
The grand opening of the Brandon Johnson Memorial Splash Park is set for June 25, 2016. But more money is needed for landscaping, maintenance and park improvements. Donations will be gladly accepted throughout the summer. To help, contact Jason Shallock, CBP, CSP, at (503) 969-9416.
>> Photos courtesy Anderson Poolworks