Everyone gathered at Earl Baker Park on Saturday, July 18, to celebrate the completion of a dream which began in 2011.
The state of the art new splash pad for the children of this community was officially dedicated in the afternoon by members of the Splash pad committee and those who had worked hard to raise funds.
However, just before the ceremony, there was one unexpected event.
A power outage shut down all of Morrisburg, temporarily turning off the water to the splash pad, and silencing the speakers’ microphones.
As Splash Pad committee member Mike Domanko put it, through a quickly jury-rigged mic, “I’m really glad you have all come out, although, as you can see, we’ve had a little glitch.”
He traced the history of the splash pad and the hard work of several members of the community to bring it to realization.
“This whole project started back in 2011, when we were building our community playground,” Domanko said. “We decided we wanted a splash pad as well, and we set out to raise the funds for the great facility you see here today. The children in our schools voted for the equipment we have installed.
I think you will find that there are few splash pads as nice as ours here in Earl Baker Park, anywhere around.”
Domanko had great praise for the groups which particularly supported the committee’s efforts.
The SD&G Highlanders, the Baker family, which has given a tree for the park, the Morrisburg & District Lions club, the Royal Canadian Legion, branch 48, and the Eastern Star Lodge took part in the official ribbon cutting ceremony, which also included mayor Evonne Delegarde and the members of the South Dundas municipal council.
“The money for this project really came from many sources,” Domanko explained.
“It was donated or raised by local businesses, through special events and dances, fun runs, sports teams, Old Home Week funds, donations from the Tubies, and from ordinary people and construction companies and truckers. Our committee didn’t build this splash pad – you all did.”
He also pointed out how helpful and supportive members of the community had been during fund raising and the actual installation of the facility.
On behalf of the South Dundas municipal council, mayor Delegarde expressed that they were “deeply appreciative of the work done by Mike and all the members of the splash pad committee, and of the dedication of neighbours, families and donors. We owe a special thank you to clubs, organizations and businesses which have financially supported the project,” Delegarde told the Leader.
“The committee took on two large projects, the playground and the splash pad, and created a great space for the entire community.”
The splash pad will be in operation from 10-8 p.m. daily.