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.