It's official, ground is officially broken on the brand new Rotary Splash Pad in Southampton.
Local Rotarians from both Southampton and Port Elgin, along with local dignitaries, sponsors and members of the public were on hand Friday (May 19th, 2017) at Jubilee Park in Southampton for the official ground breaking ceremony.
In fact, more than just ground a groundbreaking - construction on the new fully accessible splash pad is well under way.
The forms are in, piping is laid and pieces are slowly being lowered into place, and all in just one day.
John Conlin, President of the Southampton Rotary Club, is super excited to see things rolling into place despite the cooler temperatures.
"This is a super exciting day, it's not a splash pad like day at six degrees, but you can see that soon we're going to have a fabulous place for kids and families to come and enjoy our summer," Conlin tells 98 The Beach (Bayshore Broadcasting News).
Total cost of the splash pad project is pegged at roughly $150,000 and already, the rotary club says they have $131,000 in the bank, a sure sign of a successful fundraising campaign.
The Rotary Club of Port Elgin has committed to a donation of $15,000 toward the project, while Ontario Power Generation kicked in a cheque for $5,000.
Saugeen Shores Mayor, Mike Smith, is also very pleased with how the project is coming to fruition.
"It's great for the Rotary Club(s), it's great for the community, the people that worked to get the money together to make this thing happen," says Smith, adding, "apparently they can build this thing in about two and a half weeks so we're going to see kids running around here in about three weeks so it'll be just great."
The grand opening for the new Rotary Splash Pad is expected to take place on July 28th, 2017.
(Photo: L-R are Rotarian Ed Braun (Chair of the Accessible Splash Pad Committee); Mike Smith (Mayor, Town of Saugeen Shores); Rotarian Tony Sheard (Southampton Rotary club Media Relations) and Rotarian John Conlin (President, Southampton Rotary Club). Photo by Craig Power, © 2017