Saugeen Shores Mayor visits neighbouring splash pad
by Sandy Lindsay

June 26, 2016


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While in Kincardine recently, Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith stopped in at the Kincardine Splash Pad located near the Davidson Centre.

Saugeen Shores is considering a similar installation and Mayor Smith decided to see first-hand the Kincardine project.

One of the aspects that appealed to the Mayor, was a patio made up of stones that featured the names of project donors. 

The Kincardine splash pad is approximately 1800 sq. ft. with 10 - 15 water features and cost $500,000, raised through fundraising and corporate donors.

The cost brought forward for the Saugeen Shores project is $362,021 and Saugeen Shores Council agreed at its last meeting to include $75,000 in the next capital budget and to also assume $25,000 in operating and maintenance costs.

According to the splash pad organizing committee, almost $200,000 has been raised/pledged.  One of the group's major fundraising events, the Huron Children's Festival in July is expected to raise a further $15,000.

The location site for the project that was brought forward is North Shore Park in Port Elgin.  It was a suggestion that was not however, supported by either Vice Deputy Mayor Diane Huber or Councilor Don Matheson.

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"We only have two parks along the lakeshore in Saugeen Shores," said Huber, "one is Pioneer Park in Southampton and the other is North Shore Park in Port Elgin.  North Shore Park is, in fact, the only natural, wooded area where there are numerous trees and wildlife.  There is also very little parking in the area. Young mothers bringing their children to the splash pad at this site will either have a hard time managing the hills on the way home if they are walking or they will drive to the park creating a parking problem.  Also, Lake Huron and Port Elgin Beach are right there so why put a splash pad at the same location? I would also like to know why no other site choices were brought forward.

 I cannot support this recommendation for this location."

Council however, voted to lend its support for the project.

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