Local students had the opportunity to help design the Kenora Rotary Club’s Splash Park.

The club recently sent out a challenge to students across both school boards to help design the splash park, in the Design Your Own Splash Park Contest. Close to 100 students were able to come up with their own designs and ideas for the park, in the hopes of winning prizes, and potentially having elements of their design be incorporated into the park. 

The designs were centred around being community focused and inspired by the Lake of the Woods, as is the actual design of the park.

Kenora Rotary Club President Deborah Lemaistre, spoke about the results of the contest.

“We brought all of the entries to our recent Rotary meeting. We set all of the entries up around the room, and rotarians voted on which designs that they liked the most. They were all really great. Some of the designs were quite funny. They had climbing walls in some of the designs. A lot of animals in the designs. There were some that were more related to First Nations, tipis, canoes, that was really cool. Lots of Husky the Muskies in the park. Some students even added accessibility features to their design. They were really innovative, colourful and creative.

Lemaistre noted that the splash park will be accessible to children of all levels of ability.

Every student who participated in the contest received a Certificate of Participation from the Rotary Club. The winners of the contest also received prizes, ranging from: gift certificates, entries to the Kenora Recreation Centre, Kenora Bowling Alley certificates and tickets to Sunday Smiles.

The North Western Health Unit was a partner in the contest. Lemaistre thanked the community sponsors for all of their hard work with the contest.

The financial side of building the splash park is still on track. Kenora Council approved the Rotary Club to go forward with their application to the Trillium Grant, which would add another $150,000. The service club is hoping to have $450,000 in place, before construction begins next year. In October, the service club said they had $150,000 raised, and the Trillium Grant would bring them up to $300,000. LeMaistre says they've seen parks completed for $330,000 to $340,000.

Norman Beach is the proposed location for the park.

For more information:
Splash Park moving forward
Splash Park update
Splash Park project making progress

More Local News

Kenora jail guard speaks out after hostage-taking

John Tsentouros is speaking out. He was the corrections officer involved in a hostage-taking at the Kenora Jail on Friday September 14. "On Sept 14th 2018, I went to work just like every other day.…

Rain slows forest fire season

Recent rain in the region has slowed down the forest fire season for local firefighters. The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says…

Traffic delays in Kenora

Drivers in the City of Kenora should be ready for delays associated with road work. Crews will be working on Herbacz today, and they hope to have gravel down by the end of the week. Crews are also…

Daycare spaces on the way

Parents in the Kenora area will have some new daycare spaces. Fifteen are being added at the Kenora Catholic District School Board, where they'll have a total of 61 by early November. The board is…

Provincial review delays planning

Financial planning at Kenora Catholic is a bit trickier this year. Alison Smith is the superintendent of financial services for the school board. "It's hard to move forward with any planning and PD…

Kenora mayor optimistic

With a fresh perspective holding office in the province, Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield is optimistic about the future for the City of Kenora. "The new premier has said Ontario is now open for business.…

Ministry addresses hostage taking

Staff with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services are investigating incidents at the Kenora Jail last week. Spokesman Brent Ross says they are also working with staff at the jail.…

Parliament resumes

Ottawa is bustling once again as parliament resumes. Kenora MP Bob Nault says the Liberal government will be focusing on the things they would like to accomplish before the election next fall. "I…

Tributes to Terry Fox

Charley Perkins, 7, with Gabe Gilbert, 6, at Friday's Terry Fox Run."I'm running for Terry Fox," says Kenzie Richards, 7, as she joined her classmates for a run Friday. Kenzie was among the hundreds…

Softwood influenced by NAFTA, Nault

Softwood lumber producers are paying close attention, as trade negotiators focus on a new deal with the Americans. The dispute resolution provisions in NAFTA are also important for a new agreement on…

KenoraOnline.com is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login