DAN CEARNS The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes is moving forward with a project to build a water park.
“We have created, what is really, a community hub, for children and youth in Lindsay, here at our facility, and we have a lot of dry land activities with our play area, our basketball courts, the volleyball fields, so we just needed that water element to really make it all complete,” Boys and Girls Club executive director Amy Terrill told The Standard.
The park will be located on the Southeast corner of the club’s property, at 107 Lindsay St South in Lindsay. Construction of the park is expected to begin early this month, and the club expects to have it ready for the summer.
Total cost of the project is $300,000. The project is funded by a $150,000 contribution from the Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T. fund, $100,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and a $50,000 grant from Boston Pizza franchise owner John Fox.
“Over the past several years, the Boys and Girls Club Foundation has worked tirelessly to raise critical funds, to improve services, enhance programs, and provide the necessary supports for children who need it most. We, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and the Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund, are proud of our ongoing partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, to deliver quality recreational programming to youth.
This new splash pad will provide enjoyment for our children and youth, from all across Kawartha Lakes,” Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham said, in a press release.
MPP Laurie Scott said she is happy the Trillium grant will help the club’s “efforts, to promote active and healthy lifestyles, for local children and youth."
According to the press release, the water park will feature “15 colourful water elements that are accessible and appropriate for all ages and abilities.”
The water park will operate during club hours, and will be made available to the public, at times when it is not being used for programs.
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