BLAKE WOLFE The Standard
PORT PERRY: Port Perry's Palmer Park splash pad is undergoing yet another round of repairs before opening to the public this summer.
Earlier this month, Public Works crews returned to the park for yet more repairs. According to Public Works director Ian Roger, crews discovered more cracked pipes around the pad's two palm tree features while performing routine spring maintenance in recent weeks. New concrete was scheduled to be poured this week, following repairs to the pipes, he said.
Mr. Roger said the township is planning to re-open the pad in time for Canada Day celebrations in Palmer Park, adding that it could open earlier depending on construction schedules and weather.
The problem with the pipes cracking, said Mr. Roger, is likely due to frost settling in over the winter months in the ground underneath and surrounding the pad.
In 2012, work was performed to remedy cracked water pipes inside the three arches at the centre of the pad, requiring crews to dig below the concrete surface. In 2011, more than $35,000 was poured into the pad for the installation of a catch basin in the Palmer Park parking lot, as well as a concrete tank for water storage. In 2010, the pad was shut down for the application of a non-slip surface coating that was not included in the original plan.
A staff report to the former Scugog Council in December 2009 from former Parks head John Sellars stated that the splash pad and playground component of the Port Perry waterfront project incurred additional costs of $70,000, bringing its then-total to approximately $276,125, exceeding the approved budget of $256,500.
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