Splash pad caps major makeover of Peterborough’s Barnardo Park

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The new splash pad opens at Barnado Park in Peterborough – Jun 12, 2018

City officials made a splash Tuesday morning with the grand opening of the Barnado Park splash pad in Peterborough.

“Andrew and I are thinking about coming back at about 5 tonight and jumping in,” joked Dave Haacke, referring to his fellow Northcrest Ward councillor Andrew Beamer.

The project has been in the works for months.

Last fall, the city announced the north-end park would be receiving a significant makeover, thanks to a $300,000 Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant. The total cost of the project is about $600,000.

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Upgrades included a new splash pad, replacement of play structures and upgrades to walkways and parking areas to improve accessibility.

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Beamer said the park is something local residents have been asking for for a long time.

“The north end is the fastest growing area in the city of Peterborough, so you hear that from a lot of young families, that they want accessible parks,” Beamer said.

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The Barnardo Park Splash Pad, located at 955 Barnardo Ave., will be open daily through the summer from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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