Splash Pad decision deferred
by Sandy Lindsay
December 27, 2015
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Amy Shute recently brought forward to Saugeen Shores Council the concept behind the proposed Splash Pad project.
According to Shute, the organizing committee behind the project met with the Kincardine Lions Club to discuss the existing splash pad in Kincardine that was built through fundraising efforts and support of that municipality.
Shute said that with only two fundraisers and one major donor, the committee has raised some $125,000 to date.
The committee is also planning to hold two future events where they expect to raise an additional $25,000 to $30,000 with the result that they anticipate raising 38 per cent of the fundraising goal.
Conceptual drawing by Open Space Solutions of Waterloo
The project is for a proposed 500 sq. metre splash pad with 20 water features that will enable a variety of ages and abilities to enjoy the facility. The design is based on a $400,000 budget, includes a recirculating water system and a sensor-based operating system. Local company Carson's Plumbing Supply has offered to provide plumbing supplies at cost in addition to a dollar donation.
The proposed site chosen by the committee is Northshore Park in Port Elgin, where there is existing infrastructure such as washrooms that, according to the committee, could be added on to for change rooms, and is the optimal location for families to spend a day.
The Committee wants to complete the fundraising part of the goal by
the end of 2016 and would like to see the municipality assume
maintenance costs of between $8,000 and $10,000 annually once the
project is completed.On behalf of the committee, Shute requested
that the municipality/Council commit to 33 per cent of total costs
for a cost of $120,000.
"I am concerned about water-born disease that has been reported. I have a real concern about liability as a municipality when it comes to operating the splash pad. I am also concerned about supervision."
Shute said that in Ontario there are new standards or guidelines for splash pads and that it is important to educate the public about hygiene.
Vice Deputy Mayor Diane Huber also questioned the proposed location for the splash pad.
Although the Committee did not get a firm commitment from Town Council, Mayor Mike Smith said that there have been great initiatives in the community. "Many organizations like this (splash pad committee) started projects without Couoncil. We are really aware of what you are doing and know that this will become a reality."
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