Splash pad idea dries up in budget talks
A splash pad was axed from the 2019 Parry Sound budget. (Pexels Photo)
Dreams of a splash pad in Parry Sound have gone down the drain.
During its budget analysis the Town of Parry Sound determined there were a number of reasons not to proceed with the water feature.
Those included a greater need for a wellness centre, an overall lack of interest from local ratepayers, and concerns over ongoing operational costs.
Mayor Jamie McGarvey was in support of the project, but had to side with the wellness centre when it came to how the budget was affected by the splash pad. Town Manager of Accounting Christine Gilbert said fundraising would have to provide $286,000 and pegged the cost to the town’s reserve at around $40,000.
Annual operation of the water park would be another $36,700.
Councillor Brad Horne pointed to the reduction of its tax base due to the non-profit housing exception and property tax reductions for big box stores as reasons to not support the pad.