Excitement filled the air as children and their families waited in anticipation at Bellevue Park on Saturday afternoon for the grand opening of the splash pad.
This $550 thousand project was supposed to be completed last summer, but hit some snags that postponed it until this year, such as scheduling issues with in-house companies (Counc. Christian said they tried to keep everything locally sourced), and excavation issues. The cost of this project was completely covered by funds allocated for it by the City’s Parks Reserve Fund and donations, meaning not a cent came out the pockets of taxpayers.
“The kids in this city deserve this,” said Mayor Provenzano.
Coun. Paul Christian, who spearheaded this project, told SaultOnline it felt great to finally see it come to fruition.
“I was shocked when I came here at about quarter after 12 and the area was filled with kids,” he said. “It’s very, very gratifying.”
Danielle Heatley, who’s son was one of the many children who got to enjoy the splash pad on Saturday, said she thinks this is “an absolutely amazing in our community.”
“I feel that it’s going to encourage a lot of physical activity and more family time,” she said.
“There’s a lot of taking turns I see, which is implementing social skills learning as well, which I really think is important.”
The splash pad will be open for anyone to use during Bellevue Park hours and doesn’t have an age restriction.