BY SHANNON DUFF
LISTOWEL – The sun was shining, temperatures were rising and local youngsters were counting down the days until the end of the school year.
These ingredients made up the perfect recipe for the very successful Listowel Kinette splash pad grand opening.
After five years of fundraising and planning, local Kinettes, North Perth Mayor Julie Behrns, municipal representatives and local children cut the ribbon on what is sure to be “many, many hours of family fun for all the kids,” said Behrns. “
Kinette chair of the splash pad committee, Cathy Vesnaver, said the club received a donation from local woman Jean Oke in Oke’s will. The local service club also held a number of fundraisers and received support from various sponsors to help the group raise more than $180,000.
“It was because of [Oke’s] generous bequest that we were able to start this project,” said Vesnaver. “But we could not do it alone. If not for our gracious donors, we would not be here today.”
North Perth, Kinsmen Club of Listowel, the Listowel Charity Golf Classic, Dundee Wealth, Hydro One, Rotary Club of Listowel, the United Communities Credit Union, McDonald’s, Recharge Your Life event, LaFarge Canada, Helmekay Excavating, Ken Hamilton Construction, Royal LePage Don Hamilton Real Estate, Donegan Haulage, Veky’s restaurant, Ian Black and Recreation Play Systems, and the municipal parks and recreation department, Steve Hardie and the community for its support and patience over the last five years.
When all is said and done, the total project cost should come in at under $190,000.
“It’s very exciting for us all,” said Vesnaver. “It’s been five years. I’m happy to see all the kids that are coming, because it’s all for them.”
The splash pad offers children various water stations that spray, shower and dump water on splash pad patrons. Following the ribbon cutting and official opening, the splash pad was immediately overtaken by enthusiastic youngsters, and even a few grownups, ready to try out all the new attraction’s amenities.
“Thank you to everybody,” said Vesnaver. “Thank you to everybody that came here today, and everybody that helped in supporting the splash pad.”
North Perth Mayor Julie Behrns said Saturday was “truly an amazing day.”
“I think its going to be hours of family fun for all of the kids,” said Behrns. “Thanks to the Kinettes . . . the Kinettes are such an exceptional group of ladies that have worked exceptionally hard. Once again, they have gifted this community. Words cannot truly express our gratitude.”