Submitted Media Release
In 2017, Brantford City Council approved a plan that would see the City support a community-based effort to raise funds towards the construction of a Splash Pad in the Eagle Place neighbourhood. Thanks to the generosity of several donors, and an investment provided by the City, the Eagle Place Community Association and the Volunteer Splash Pad Fundraising Committee successfully achieved their goal to raise the funds required to construct the new amenity in Tutela Park.
Features of the new Splash Pad include a variety of ground bubblers, multiple ground sprays, a water spray “ring” tunnel, a moving interactive sprayer, overhead “leaf “sprayers and an overhead bucket. The design is inspired by the winding grand river that flows through the Eagle Place Neighbourhood. Boulders are incorporated into the splash pad along the river’ edge for seating and imaginative play. Grass berms, additional trees, benches and new pathways combine to create an inviting space within the park for residents to enjoy.
On Friday August 28th, members of Eagle Place Community Association, and volunteers from the fundraising committee, together with representatives of the City celebrated the completion of construction of the new Splash Pad, now open to the public.
During the event, speakers acknowledged that because this initiative was only made possible because of the unique passion and efforts of the Eagle Place community to make it happen, a larger Grand Opening celebration where members of the community and donors are appropriately acknowledged will take place when the Splash Pad reopens for the 2021 season, pending gathering restrictions are lifted by then. Meantime, the new Tutela Park Splash Pad is now open to the public for the remainder of the 2020 season.
In a joint statement, Lori-Dawn Cavin, City of Brantford Manager of Community Recreation Development and Mandy Samwell, Chair of the Eagle Place Community Association said, “On behalf of the City of Brantford, the Eagle Place Community Association and the Tutela Park Splash Pad Committee, we want to thank all donors for their generous donation towards this project and for sharing our vision for the Eagle Place community. Tutela Park is a jewel in our neighbourhood, a place that already connects families to one another through events and activities… and now also, a very special place to splash.”