New Minas launches campaign to build splash pad

Nancy Kelly
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Kids of all ages enjoyed a rousing game of indoor hockey at the fundraiser. – Nancy Kelly, www.kingscountynews.ca

New Minas is making a splash.

The village kicked off its campaign to build an outdoor splash pad March 29 at the Louis Millett Centre.

The fundraiser invited families to take part in a variety of fun events including children's activities, games and a bounce castle. There was also live entertainment, a ticket auction and lots of delicious snacks when the kids needed a boost of energy.

“We have something for everyone here,” said organizer and village recreation director John Ansara. He explained the event was “about raising awareness and getting the public excited about the project,” noting all funds raised at the one-day fun fair will go towards the development of a splash pad in Lockhart Ryan Park.

“It will add to the current recreation offerings we have there,” said Ansara, adding it will also complement the village’s efforts to engage residents in an active lifestyle.

Plans for the 3,000-square foot splash pad project, which is expected to cost in the region of $150,000, include age- and skill-appropriate play areas for toddlers, youth and teens. It will have a variety of interactive water features that will be fun while offering families a cool retreat on a hot summer’s day.

Ansara says the addition of a splash park is much more cost-effective and convenient than adding an outdoor pool.

“For a capital expenditure, it is relatively low cost.”

Once it is installed, he said, the village public works department has the expertise to maintain and service the system that feeds water into the pad. The facility has also been designed so water from the pad can be recycled to irrigate the village’s five soccer and ball fields.

Ansara plans to approach the provincial and municipal governments for $50,000 each in grant funding and hopes to get the Valley business community on board to raise an additional $25,000. With the balance of $30,000 left over from the construction of the Louis Millett complex, the project will be at its funding goal.

Ansara would love to see the splash pad up and running by August of this year, but says summer of 2015 is probably “a more realistic target.”

Organizations: Louis Millett Centre

Geographic location: Lockhart Ryan Park

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