Province gives a cool $180Gs for new splash pad

It feels like a zillion degrees outside and Eliza-Jane Scott’s family is staying cool by hanging out in the basement of their west Ottawa bungalow.

“We have air conditioning, we just don’t want to put it on,” she said.

Next summer, she’ll be able to take her son, Ducolon Banville, 5, to play in a new splash pad at Whitehaven/George C. Brown Park.

The province is financing the $180,000 tab, Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli announced Wednesday.

The Whitehaven Community Association has been working to get a splash pad in the changing neighbourhood for more than one year, said president Chris Dannehl.

A few years ago, Dannehl said, his son was one of just two kids at a school bus stop and now there’s 18.

“We’re very happy about this reinvestment in our community,” he said.

The city of Ottawa is also dropping $10,000 on beautification for benches, an accessible picnic table and trees, said Coun. Mark Taylor.

Kate Clost, a mother of two boys, Wyland, 6, and Colson, 4, said even though they have a swimming pool, her family is also excited.

“It’s great to have a pool, absolutely, but are your friends in your backyard all the time? No, but are they at the park? Yes, so they’ll be having fun,” she said.


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