Springwater Township Making a Splash in Homer Barrett Park
It’s hot outside but there is relief! Come to the Homer Barrett Park in Elmvale and cool off. Not only will the kids appreciate it, you and your whole will, too. There is a new splash pad at Homer Barrett Park, located at 43 Centennial Ave., in the northeast quarter of Elmvale. On Wednesday afternoon, August 15, 2018, Springwater Township Council held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and served Timbits and McDonald’s orange juice. Situated in the west half of Homer Barrett park, the splash pad is a short distance from the parking lot, beside the concrete used for skating and around the corner from the sandbox and its play structures.
It is 3,050 square feet in size and has 20 different water toys and spray features for you to enjoy. Because its surface is relatively flat and has no lip, the water does not pool but drains away and is recycled. Designed by a local company, it features a water tower, reminiscent of the landmark prominent in Elmvale until the early 2000s. It employs an environmentally friendly recirculation system to significantly reduce the amount of water used. There is a shelter for shade with two accessible tables nearby the splash pad. The splash pad contributes to an active lifestyle, encourages people to get out and meet their neighbours and cool off while having fun. It is hoped that it will also draw additional people to Elmvale, increasing visitation to our main street businesses.
The Homer Barrett Park Splash Pad will operate from May to mid-September and be open daily from 9 am to 8 pm, weather permitting. Thank you to those who attended budget meetings, wrote letters and made phone calls to the Township expressing interest in a new splash pad – your efforts have been rewarded and now all of us in Elmvale and Springwater Township can reap the benefits.
Thanks to Council and to Diamond Head Sprinklers for making this park a reality. Local moms want to express their gratitude to Councillor Jennifer Coughlin for her part in bringing the park to fruition. Invite your neighbours and friends and come make use of this great new addition to our Township.