Carleton Place town council heard on April 25 that a successful grant application will allow for expansion of the splash pad at Riverside Park, as well as upgrades to the public washrooms and a pathway from the beach to the washrooms.
Joanne Henderson, the town’s manager of recreation and culture, was praised for putting funds aside for the improvements while pulling together a successful Canada150 grant application worth $75,000.
“I think this is a wonderful addition to a beautiful park, probably the nicest park in Lanark County,” said Mayor Louis Antonakos. “This is just going to add to it immensely for our residents, particularly when the health unit recommends beaches should be closed.”
Councillor Theresa Fritz was happy to hear that the splash pad will remain open even when the beach is closed, so “if people cannot use the water, at least we do have a water feature on hot days that people can make use of.”
The winning bid of $99,310 for the park upgrades went to Playground Planners, a Nepean-based company dedicated to creating innovative spaces where children can play safely. In addition to creating both wet and dry play sites, they also create site furnishings, fitness products, and specific surfacing products as well. Their most recent projects can be seen in parks throughout the national capital region, including Millennium Park, Bob Mitchell Park, Rockcliffe Park Public School, and Kristina Kiss Park.