$70,000 OTF Grant turns South Stormont’s dream of building a splash pad into reality

Seen in image above: Earl Baker Park and Splash Pad in Morrisburg. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

LONG SAULT – On Friday, local MPP Jim McDonell made an echo announcement on a recent Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Capital grant awarded to the Township of South Stormont. The funding announcement and associated Ontario Trillium Grant supports the construction of a new splash pad at the Ingleside Community Park.

“I am proud to join the Ontario Trillium Foundation and representatives of South Stormont to announce this important investment in our community,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. “Providing local residents with the opportunity to stay active is an important component of maintaining us involved, connected and healthy. I look forward to the new splash pad and infrastructure being in place for all residents of Ingleside to enjoy”.

The splash pad will offer a 15-feature water facility, a self-contained control vault, and meets accessibility requirements for all visitors. The addition of the splash pad in South Stormont is highlighted in the Township Recreation Master Plan and provides direct recreational benefit to approximately 2,500 youth as well as thousands of annual tourists to the area. The splash pad will provide an aquatic feature in this rural area that is accessible to all individuals, including those with disabilities.

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Kevin Amelotte, Director of Parks and Recreation. “This grant provides improved outdoor aquatic play opportunities which are cost effective for the municipality to operate, while increasing the profile and attractiveness of the region.”

The Township has previously invested in the retrofit and construction of a fully accessible washroom, baseball diamond, play structure, and multi-sport court as part of a Phase I Development Plan for this community park. The addition of this aquatic facility would solidify this location as a premier regional destination for families while supporting the promotion of a healthy, safe and active lifestyle for youth, adults, and tourists.

South Stormont offers a clean and safe environment, affordable housing, high standard of education, major centers just minutes away, parks and green space for all to enjoy and generally, a wonderful place to come home to.  These are just some of the reasons more and more people are looking to South Stormont as a wonderful place to live and to work.www.southstormont.ca

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.  With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca