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Sport-themed splashpad unveiled in Essex Centre



by Sylene Argent

The Town of Essex officially unveiled the Essex Centre Splashpad on Tuesday afternoon, during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  Since the splashpad is located within an athletic-based area, it features a sports theme. It will provide local youth an opportunity to stay cool throughout the warmer, summer months.

  Members of the community identified an Essex Centre splashpad as a priority project, and it was added as an item within the 2015 Recreation Master Plan. This is the third splashpad the Town of Essex has installed within the Municipality. There is also a splashpad located at the grounds of the Harrow & Colchester South Community Centre, and another at Colchester Harbour and Park.

  Essex Mayor Ron McDermott explained, “During the creation of the 2015 Recreation Master Plan, we reached out to our citizens to ask what they wanted in their community. The citizens of Essex Centre were loud and clear. In fact, it was the number one requested item. They wanted a splash pad.”

  Local families will be able to enjoy this new splashpad during hot summer days, McDermott said. “[It is] a place to cool off, a place to gather together and have fun as a community.”

  The splash pad will be open to the community seven days a week, until the end of August. After the ribbon was cut, a group of excited youngsters excitedly tested the new splash pad’s features.

  “We know this facility will be put to good use for years to come and we’re glad you can join us today to celebrate,” McDermott said.

  In April, construction began on the Essex Centre Splashpad, which is located at the grounds of the Essex Centre Sports Complex, nearing the former Ravens Football Fieldhouse.

  At the February 5 Essex Council meeting, Council awarded the Request for Proposal for Design, Supply, and Install of the Essex Centre splashpad to Open Space Solution Inc.

  The project came in under budget, at just over $256,800.

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