Rotary, Town teaming to build 2nd splash pad

June 18, 2014   ·   0 Comments

By Tabitha Wells – The Rotary Club and Town of Orangeville have partnered together to bring a second splash pad to the Orangeville Community for families to enjoy. Last Thursday, members of the club as well as Town officials met at Fendley Park, where the new splash pad will be located, for a ground-breaking ceremony for the project to mark the beginning of construction.

“I’m very excited that construction of the new splash pad at Fendley Park is getting under way,” Rotary President Ingrid Sproxton said in a press release. “For the last four years, all of the funds raised from the annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest have gone to support the new splash pad and it’s wonderful that, by the end of this summer, the kids will be able to splash around in Fendley Park.”

The Rotary Club will donate $250,000 towards the project through their fundraising efforts to help create the Fendley Park Splash pad, which will measure 400 square metres. The project in the west end aims to help balance the Rotary Club’s other projects in the town’s east end, such as the Skateboard Park and Rotary Park.

“The Town’s existing splash pad draws people from the entire region and has proven to be a popular recreation feature over the past 14 years,” Mayor Rob Adams said. “The need for a second splash pad has grown since 2000.”

The new splash pad will have a pond theme with natural elements like frogs, cattails, flowers and other foliage and critters usually found surrounding a pond in the country.

There will be unique features that have sound in them, which will be activated by the push of a button on the pad.

Along with these unique features, the pad will have two distinct areas for both younger and older children and will be fully accessible with activation devices that will be able to initiate a water feature by rolling a wheelchair over them.

“It’s with much gratitude that we partner with the Rotary Club of Orangeville to make this project a reality,” said Mayor Adams. “Rotarians are committed to providing these services to the community and the Town couldn’t do it without their support.”

The splash pad is expected to open in late August. Funds for the splash pad will continue to be raised at this year’s Orangeville Rib Fest.

The Orangeville Accessibility Committee has funded a universal playground structure for the adjacent playground as their sesquicentennial project for the town. The playground structure will be suitable for children of all abilities.

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