Construction is expected to begin next month on Kenora’s Rotary Club Splash Park. After a tender was received, the total cost for the project is now estimated at over $530,000.

“Council still needs to approve the project. It sounds positive, and I’m optimistic that everything is going to go through,” said Rotary Club president Deb LeMaistre. She confirms Rotarians have raised $500,000 for the project.

LeMaistre hopes that the park will be open next summer, when Rotarians celebrate their centennial anniversary.

“It sounds like we’re going to start building in July. Our goal has always been to have the Splash Park operational for 2019. If we got it going this year it would be spectacular, but I can’t promise anything. From what council said, it sounds like it will be activated next year.”

Council's expected to award the tender for the project to Sierra Construction at their next meeting. This comes after the City of Kenora denied a funding request from the Rotary Club. They were asking for an additional $112,000 to fund the extension of water and sewer lines from Minnesota Street.

The extension is necessary, as the splash park was originally going to be built closer to the Norman Park Beach, but the city said that the water and sewer lines would not be able to accommodate the park. Instead, the park is now set to be built on the old Norman hockey rink, with the extended water lines from Minnesota Street.

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Splash Park funding denied
Kenora Rotary Splash Park

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