The City of Kenora is standing firm. Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield says there's no new money for the Rotary Splash Park.
“We are so grateful and thankful to the Rotary Club for raising funds for this splash park, but at the end of the day, this is what it’s going to cost. I cannot, as one member of council, justify that."
In April, Deb LeMaistre, president of the Kenora Rotary Club and the chair of the Rotary Splash Park Commitee, requested that the City of Kenora fund the extension of water and sewer lines from Minnesota Street. The estimated cost of the extension was $112,000.
Canfield noted that the City of Kenora and the Rotary Splash Park have a Memorandum of Understanding on “what has to be done” to build the splash park. Canfield noted that the city does not want to stray away from the original terms of the MOU.
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.
The project has raised just under $300,000 towards the original $450,000 goal.