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Local Hockey Tournament donates $13,140 to the splash pad project

Friday, April 6, 2018

A generous donation of $13,140 from a local hockey tournament will support Sault Ste. Marie's first splash pad in Bellevue Park.

Councillor Paul Christian, Chair of the Splash Pad Committee and Councillor Susan Myers, Co-Chair of the Splash Pad Committee accepted a $13,140 donation from Albert Williams, organizer of the annual charity hockey tournament. Proceeds of the 2017 and the 2018 tournament were presented to the Splash Pad committee to assist in the development of the Sault's first Splash Pad.

"We fully support this project and want to be involved," says Williams. "The splash pad will create hours of enjoyment for children of all ages. We are proud of our players and the teams that contributed to this initiative and being able to give back to our community in this way is important to us."

Splash pads are a colourful way to enhance the City's parks. They include engaging water features such as shower heads and spray jets with various activated, in- ground and above ground features that spray water in different patterns and directions cooling visitors off on hot summer days. The splash pad will provide hours of children's play in a free and inclusive way for families to enjoy active outdoor summer fun. In consultation with the community, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan as well as the youth friendly designation application it was determined the need for a splash pad in Sault Ste. Marie.

"It's encouraging to see citizens donate time and resources to make a meaningful contribution to our community. We thank Mr. Williams for his significant impact on our youth and the support he has committed to this project," says Councillor Paul Christian.

The City's splash pad sub-committee is thankful to all its donors for continuing to see good things for our community.

In photo from left to right: Councillor Paul Christian, Chair, Splash Pad Committee; Councillor Susan Myers, Co-Chair, Splash Pad Committee; Albert Williams, Charity Hockey Tournament organizer, and Robert Carricato, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee member.

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