By Kevin Werner, News Staff
The Ancaster Rotary clubs are hoping they can shower their community with a new spray pad by this June.
Councillor Lloyd Ferguson said the city will be closing its tenders for the spray pad project at Village Green Park this week, with a bid expected to be awarded to a contractor by the end of March. He said work on the project should begin soon after in April.
“The spray pad is progressing well,” said Ferguson, during his Ancaster Community Council meeting March 4. “The Rotary clubs have done an amazing job.”
Ferguson said the idea is to unveil the spray pad, the first one in Ancaster, by June 8 during the community’s Heritage Days events.
“We want to cut the ribbon or turn the valve on just after the (Heritage Days) parade,” said Ferguson.
The tender for the Ancaster spray pad bid is bundled with another proposed spray pad project in the city of Hamilton.
The city has 56 spray pads already constructed, but none in Ancaster.
Both rotary clubs have raised to date $189,675, nearing their $250,000 goal.
“There are many in-kind donations,” said Bruce Gabel, of the Ancaster Rotary Club.
A spray pad was first included in the concept design for Village Green Park in 2009. The master plan for the park also includes a new tennis clubhouse, and the expansion of the lawn bowling green.