Weather and delayed components are hampering efforts to get the new splash pad in Morrisburg’s Earl Baker Park up and running in time for Canada Day.
As of Monday morning (June 29), the plan was to pour concrete Monday and put in topsoil and sod Tuesday.
If these two things, weather permitting, could happen, the splash pad could have been partially open for Canada Day on Wednesday.
However, rain leading up to July 1 pushed the concrete pour date back to Thursday, and then an extremely wet Canada Day has meant the date has been put off for a second time.
The committee leading the project has long had Canada Day as a target date to have the water flowing at this highly anticipated attraction for South Dundas’ youngest residents.
Even if the weather had co-operated, in the best-cased scenario, the splash pad can only be partially opened because there has been a delay in obtaining some of the components that are required to provide electricity to the control panel, according to Michael Domanko of the community playground committee that has led the splash pad project.
Construction of the $200,000 splash pad, paid for through community fundraising efforts, started early last week.
Generally, installation takes about one week.
Although this project, which will bring South Dundas its first splash pad, was close to being on schedule, wet weather has impeded progress.
Once completed, the splash pad will have two play areas, one designed with younger children in mind. The play area for the younger children has three components, with one of those featuring four separate ground level jets.
The play area for older children features eight water elements.
“We can certainly see how excited the kids are as the construction progresses, but I think the committee members are equally excited,” said Domanko.