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County Park Splash Pad Opening Ceremony July 5

June 28, 2013 – Just in time to start summer vacation, the City of Thunder Bay has announced the official opening ceremony for the County Park Splash Pad on Friday, July 5.

“We are thrilled to be able to open the Splash Pad in the County Park area just in time for the real start of summer for the kids,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “The water feature will be a wonderful new recreation asset to the area and now makes Thunder Bay home to three fantastic Splash Pads.”

While completion of the splash pad was delayed for over a year by detailed design requirements, agency approvals and drainage connection issues, final construction is currently underway and is expected to be completed this weekend. Approximately three additional days are required to commission the water service and undertake mandatory water quality testing. The splash pad will be opened for public use as soon as the Parks Division receives confirmation of the test results.

An official opening event will take place on Friday, July 5, at 1 pm. Ice cream and refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend and celebrate the opening of this new recreation asset. The long-awaited new splash pad features a fun array of spray elements and a design distinct from others in the city. 

“The County Park Splash Pad is manufactured by Vortex and is divided into two ‘bays’, a concept developed by Vortex,” said Paul Fayrick, Manager – Parks. “A bay is an area where the features are grouped to appeal to the various user age groups to help minimize potential conflict.”

The design includes:

The Toddler Bay
An approachable area that contains softer water effects, including elements with names such as Aqua Dome, Tot Twister, Tot Mister and Water Jelly.

The Family Bay
A large space that contains more interactive and combined types of play opportunities including elements with names like Orbit, Rooster Tail, Water tunnel, Jet Stream and Spidey Spray. 

Each area has a separate activator, so they may be turned on independently. The features turn themselves off after a set time of inactivity to conserve water. They also have low-flow fixtures to minimize the waste water generated.

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Contact: Werner Schwar, Coordinator – Park Planning, 625-2806