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Kiwanis Club donates $85,000 to the City's Splash Pad

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Kiwanis Cheque Presentation

An $85,000 pledge from Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore and Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore Foundation will support Sault Ste. Marie's first splash pad in Bellevue Park. The funds will be used to erect a pavilion that will house lockers, change stalls and a common area.

At last evening's Council meeting, Councillor Paul Christian, Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Splash Pad Committee and Councillor Susan Myers, Co-Chair of the Splash Pad Committee were presented with an $85,000 donation on behalf of Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore in support of the splash pad.

"We are proud of our partnership with the City's splash pad sub-committee and being able to give back to our community in this way. Kiwanis serves to improve the lives of children and families in every community and this is something that we see as a real benefit to all the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie from the young to the young at heart," states Mary Hewgill, President, Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore.

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 our community, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan as well as the youth friendly designation application determined the need for a splash pad in our community.

"The splash pad will have a significant impact on the youth of our community and the support of our partners is essential. The generous contributions of our donors like Kiwanis will ensure opportunities to advance the experience and quality of life for those in our community. We are grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore and the Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore Foundation for recognizing the important role the Sault Splash Pad will play in our community," states 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 Susan Myers, Co-chair, Splash Pad committee; Jack Davidson, Past President, Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore; Mary Hewgill, President, Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore; David Shier, President, Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore Foundation and Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore and Councillor Paul Christian, Chair, Splash Pad Committee.

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