The Village of Point Edward celebrated Canada Day early this year, with a Thursday, June 28 “Grand Opening” of the splash pad and pavilion at its Waterfront Park along with a nod to the municipality’s 140th anniversary.
Construction of the splash pad and pavilion was funded in part by a $100,000 grant from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program ($100,000) and delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), was also made possible by members of the Point Edward Optimist Club and the Village of Point Edward.
While construction of the pavilion and splash pad experienced some delays, Point Edward CAO Jim Burns said everything was done to make sure people can use the facility for the rest of the summer.
The splash pad will operate daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Navdeep Bains, federal minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, brought his greetings to those gathered for the official opening.
Point Edward Village Mayor Bev Hand said she hopes the splash pad will entice visitors to make the Village one of their stops—and possibly even more.
“This asset can be an economic driver for the Village,” said Hand.
The grand opening festivities included the weekly Moonlight Farmer’s Market, and featured a Ferris wheel, super obstacle course slide, and a giant bouncy castle as well as face painting and henna art tattoos.
There was also an acknowledgment of funding received through the ongoing partnership with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation as well as an announcement of Nolan Gladwish as the 2018 Maynard and Rene Walker Family Scholarship.
Nolan plans to attend Western University this fall.