Rotary’s new splash pad to be ready next spring

October 15, 2014   ·   0 Comments

As winter draws near and Canadians mourn the loss of this past summer with returning to work and school, Orangeville’s youth now have something to look forward to next year, as Rotary’s new splash pad at Fendley Park is given a completion date.

This coming spring, the splash pad will be finished allow more people on the west side of town to access the water facilities that have been so popular in the east end, at the original splash pad in Harvey Curry Park.

It will also bring balance with the other side of town’s Rotary Park and Skateboard Park.

“You can visit the Town’s Splash Pad any day of the summer and see families picnicking in the park and enjoying the water features,” said Mayor Rob Adams. “The demand for such a facility is evident and much appreciated by residents of Town.”

The splash pad itself will be a drastic advancement, being entirely accessible and interactive. New additions to the park will include flowers, frogs and cattails, as well as other flora and fauna that are typical to a pond. Features unique to Rotary’s splash pad will be animal and environmental sounds from the park that can be initiated with just the push of a button and water activating buttons that can be activated by rolling a wheelchair over it. The park will also have an all access washroom and change room facility, and a state-of-the-art water treatment equipment room for recirculation.

Thanks to the Orangeville Committee’s  $250,000 investment in the project and the fundraising through the Rotary Ribfest for the last five years, children will be able to experience the park for themselves in 2015.

“The need for a second splash pad has grown since 2000 and Orangeville Council is very thankful that the Rotary Club of Orangeville joined forces with the town to make this project a reality. Rotarians are committed to providing these services to the community and the town couldn’t do it without their support.” Mayor Adams went on to say.

Although the park itself may be almost finished, the infrastructure and function of the water features will not be complete until spring to coincide with the annual activation at Harvey Curry Park.

“The Rotary Club of Orangeville is excited to produce yet another community project in partnership with the Town of Orangeville,” said Rotary President Susanne Zbinden. “The completion of the Rotary Splash Pad in Fendley Park will mark the culmination of the countless volunteer hours by Rotarians and many community-minded citizens during our five years of Ribfest. We look forward to the Grand Opening in 2015.”

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