Wading closer to community splash pad goal

Since the day a group of volunteers united as the South Dundas Community Playground Committee to bring a newer, bigger and better playground to Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg in 2011, the people of South Dundas have expressed a strong interest in a splash pad.

Although still about $20,000 short of a $200,000 fundraising goal, this year, the splash pad will become a reality.

The South Dundas playground/ splash pad committee set a fundraising goal of $200,000 and had hoped to break ground on the splash pad at Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg in the fall of 2014, but were unable to get started as they had hoped.

Weather and expert advice were big factors in the committee opting to wait until spring 2015 to get the splash pad project underway.

Michael Domanko of the committee said that the project will get started as soon as weather permits.

“Once the installers arrive on site, it will take one week to complete the splash pad,” said Domanko. 

“So, there’s no question, kids will be splashing out there this summer.”

The Vortex splash pad will be installed by ABC Recreation of Paris, Ontario. 

They have installed many splash pads including Long Sault, Cornwall and Brockville.

The South Dundas splash pad will include the top five elements voted on by elementary school students in South Dundas. 

Water tunnel, cylinder spray, loop sprayers will be elements included for the older children, while the water bug and aqua dome will be features of the toddler section of the splash pad.

“The design is a very active one,” said Domanko.

Although they have not yet reached their initial $200,000 fundraising goal, Domanko says the community has done extremely well in raising funds to support this project. 

The committee had applied, unsuccessfully, for half a dozen different grants from various funding sources. 

The absence of securing such a grant is the main reason for the shortfall.

To help make up for some of the shortfall, the committee is trying to secure more in-kind contributions to the project to reduce some of the overall cost. 

Already, Cruickshank construction has donated 180 tonnes of aggregate for the project and Lloyd McMillan has provided some trucking, in-kind.

The committee is planning a trivia fundraiser for the early spring. 

Until then, the committee is gladly accepting donations towards the splash pad.

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