By Barb McKay
Kincardine will operate and maintain a splash pad at
Council agreed last Wednesday to allow the Kincardine and District Lions Club to use the park land in front of the Davidson Centre to build a splash pad and take over ownership of it once it’s complete. The splash pad will be the first addition to the park as part of a 10-year improvement plan that will also include a skate park and public washrooms. The entire project is expected to cost in the neighbourhood of $1.4 million.
The Lions Club has committed $25,000 to the project and has spent $3,000 on preliminary engineering. The club plans to hold fundraising events and initiatives to raise enough money to put in the splash pad within the next two to three years. The municipality had included $129,000 in its 2012 recreation budget towards the project, but removed it because of budget constraints.
Councillor Ken Craig questioned if by taking ownership of the splash pad the municipality was committing funds to it.
“Do we want to put money into a new project or do we want to maintain what we have?” he asked.
Deputy mayor Anne Eadie replied that the Lions Club would fundraise for the amount needed to build the splash pad and then the municipality would take it over and maintain it. Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said that after inquiring from other municipalities with splash pads about maintenance costs she determined that it would cost the municipality roughly $15,000 to $20,000 to operate it.