Splash pad project edging closer to becoming reality


By Barb McKay


The Kincardine and District Lions Club is looking for some direction from the municipality so it can move its splash pad project forward.


Lion John McManus attended the Nov. 20 council meeting to provide an update on fundraising efforts and the current status of the project. The club has $250,000, so far, for the splash pad, including $100,000 in reserve funds from the municipality. The cost of the splash pad will be shared between the municipality (60 per cent) and the Lions Club (40 per cent). The municipality will be responsible for operating and maintaining the park once it is complete. The entire project, including the splash pad, washrooms, roadwork, water and sewer hook ups and landscaping is expected to cost about $650,000.


“We’ve been very successful in gaining an awful lot of support in the community from partners and donors,” McManus said, joking that at one point he had 150,000 pennies in his basement from a local penny campaign.


Preliminary drawings are complete and the Lions have had discussions with supplies for design options and maintenance requirements. The club is looking to build a splash pad of up to 3,500 square feet (50 feet by 75 feet). McManus said the Lions are now ready for council to approve the site.


“Your fundraising efforts are very impressive and there is a great buy-in in the community,” said deputy mayor Anne Eadie. “I get asked questions about it all the time.”


She said the one concern she has is the potential for traffic congestion at the entrance to the Davidson Centre once the splash pad opens. She said it would be great if a second entrance could be added to the back of the Davidson Centre property.


“We recognize that having a splash pad will only add to the congestion,” McManus said.


The Lions have had discussions with engineers at B.M. Ross and Associates, a firm contracted by the municipality, to see if any modifications to the current entrance could be made. They could, McManus said, at a cost of $80,000 to $100,000. If the municipality chose to go that route, he said the Lions would like to take that opportunity to connect the splash pad area to water and sewer services (for future washrooms), rather than dig up the roadway twice. The club plans to bring a cost estimate back to council this month.


The club is also doing a cost comparison for recirculating pumps versus flow pumps for the splash pad. McManus said the cost difference could be $100,000 to put in pumps that continuously flow fresh water.

The next step will be for the Lions to work with municipal staff to finalize a schedule for the project and work through the procurement and construction process. The aim is to have the splash pad operating by 2015. Washrooms may be built later on.


Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke suggested that the siting for the project be approved in principle until the Lions have a chance to sit down with staff.


“It’s a logical location and the grades are suitable or could be (made) suitable,” he said.