New splash pad opens in Springwater Township

The Homer Barrett Park Splash Pad is located at 43 Centennial Avenue in Elmvale. Township of Springwater / Provided

Those looking for a place to cool off in Springwater Township can now head to the Homer Barrett Park splash pad in Elmvale.

The splash pad officially opened to the public on Wednesday.

The new park is over 3,000 square feet in size and is centred on a water tower, which was a prominent landmark in Elmvale until the early 2000s.

According to a release from the Township of Springwater, the splash pad has two designated play zones, 20 spray features and an aluminum shaded shelter with two accessible tables.

The splash pad is also equipped with an environmentally friendly recirculation system that helps to drastically reduce the amount of water used.

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“The new splash pad is a great addition to our Township,” Mayor Bill French said in the release. “Council is supportive of investing in new ways to keep our residents active in our community and the new splash pad provides a great way for families to get out, meet their neighbours and cool off while having fun.”

French says the new splash pad will help to entice people to visit Elmvale and increase traffic to the town’s main street businesses.

According to town officials, the splash pad cost approximately $350,000 and was funded through the development charges reserve fund and the hydro reserve fund.

The Homer Barrett Park splash pad will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May until mid-September, weather permitting.

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