By Kevin Werner, News Staff
The 14-month-old Ancaster spray pad is getting some shade to cool off in.
Ancaster Rotary Club AM is donating about $25,000 to build a pergola at the popular facility that opened in the Village Green behind the Ancaster Municipal Service Centre last June.
“When we talked to the mothers up there, the number one reason they came to the splash pad was because of the shade,” said Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson. “A lot of the mothers have multiple children. (It) will provide protection from the sun.”
Ferguson said the pergola will be built on the south side of the $400,000 splash pad where the sun has the most direct impact on people. The Am Rotary Club and the Ancaster Rotary Club fundraised extensively for the facility and exceeded their $250,000 goal, said treasurer Marty Schure. The pergola was part of the original design but wasn’t incorporated into the final project when it was opened last year. The city contributed $150,000 to service the site.
The Rotary Club also provided trees for the splash pad area to provide a natural esthetic landscape area and some relief from the sun. The pergola, said Schure, will simply add to what is a successful facility for the betterment of the community.
“It’s a high-class problem (to have extra money) when you are oversubscribed,” said Ferguson.
A member of the Rotary Club AM, Ferguson said the structure will be installed later this fall and will be ready for use by the 2015 summer season.
The spray pad was first included in the concept design for village Green Park in 2009. The master plan for the area included the recently opened new tennis and lawn bowling clubhouses, expansion of the tennis courts and the improvement of the lawn bowling green expected to happen next year.
Ferguson discovered the importance of having the splash pad operating when it broke down over the Canada Day weekend, one of the hottest this season. The councillor and city staff worked over the long weekend to fix the problem.