Lions Splash Pad gets cash boost from PWU; static from council
By Liz Dadson
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Hugh Cahill (second from right) of the Power Workers' Union (PWU), and his four-year-old son, Hugh, present a cheque for $15,000 to the Kincardine Lions Club for the Splash Pad project at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine; from left, are Lions George Ling, Eian Farrell and John McManus
The Kincardine Lions Club has received a financial boost for its Splash Pad project at the Davidson Centre, but has had to overcome a number of hurdles from Kincardine council.
Friday afternoon, Hugh Cahill of the Power Workers' Union (PWU) and his four-year-old son, Hugh, presented a cheque for $15,000 to the Lions Club for the project.
Project co-ordinator John McManus of the Lions Club, said there is more than $500,000 set aside for the Splash Pad, plus this money from the PWU.
"The design of the pad has been finalized," he said, "as well as the mechanical building to operate the Splash Pad."
The building will be located at the southeast corner of the Lions Park, which is south of the Davidson Centre, close to the entranceway, with the Splash Pad to the west of the building, said McManus.
The "Lions Park" sign will be removed, allowing for a walkway between the pad and the current playground.
"We thank the community and the major sponsors for their generosity to this project," said McManus. "We also appreciate the 300,000 pennies and those who helped us collect them. We have more fund-raising to do to complete this project."
He said the club hopes to have shovels in the ground within the next two weeks to begin the project. It should be completed next spring and up and running by June.
Meanwhile, despite its support for the Splash Pad, Kincardine council has thrown a few obstacles in the way.
In committee-of-the-whole Oct. 15, chief building official Michele Barr told council that the first phase of the project, consisting of a concrete pad and washroom building, requires site plan approval.
During review of the project, some recommendations were made, she said.
The project includes a concrete Splash Pad complete with a water recirculating system, and a paving stone walkway, enclosed by a wrought-iron fence to the south and west.
Barr said that the management team reviewed the proposed 36-foot-by-16-foot concrete block building which will house two barrier-free washrooms and a utility room.
To meet accessibility standards, the management team recommends that the building be revised to include one barrier-free washroom compliant with these standards, one standard two-piece washroom, a janitor's room and add change rooms.
The addition of the change rooms would extend the building by about 2.8 metres, with an estimated additional cost of $25,000, said Barr. "This would allow for a smoother flow of people and not tie up the washroom facilities for an extended time for visitors simply needing to change their clothes."
Another recommendation was to have the building exterior match the newly-renovated Davidson Centre.
In addition, parking has been identified as an issue, said Barr, and will have to be addressed by the new council.
A report from the accessibility committee recommends a parking/traffic plan be presented incorporating additional parking spaces and outlining the placement of handicapped-accessible parking spaces prior to approval.
It also states that paving stones should not be permitted for a walking or wheeling surface. And that all components for the building (sinks, toilets, dispensers, change tables, grab bars, benches, hooks, outside fountain, mirror, etc., and sitting benches) be presented on drawings showing compliance with the standards. Plus, a push button be required for entrance to the accessible washroom.
Barr said the club is concerned that the paving stones might not be incorporated into the project. They were used as a fund-raiser, with names to be engraved into them. However, Barr said that can be dealt with later, as well as the parking issue.
The most important concern is the building which the club is planning to construct this fall.
"So, staff is telling us that we should get the club to increase the size of the building but we're not paying for it," said councillor Mike Leggett. "That doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
"It's ridiculous to tell the club to pay for changes we want made to the building."
As for the paving stones, he said the sidewalks in downtown Kincardine are made of cobblestones, as is most of Harbour Street, and they are difficult to walk on.
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said the police services board is looking into the cost for a traffic light at the Davidson Centre and Durham Street because of safety concerns.
Chief administrative officer Murray Clarke suggested council consider for the 2015 budget, a traffic study at the entrance to the Davidson Centre. Council had allocated $50,000 in the 2014 budget for this but it was rolled into the Splash Pad project instead.
"So, what are we actually approving tonight?" asked councillor Kenneth Craig.
Councillor Maureen Couture, policy chairperson of planning, said council is being asked to approve the site plan to allow the Splash Pad building to proceed. The parking issue could be deferred to budget talks.
Kelly King of the Lions Club said the site plan approval is vital in order to get the concrete pad installed and the shell of the building up this fall; otherwise, the project will not be ready by next summer.
Committee-of-the-whole agreed to approve the site plan and to defer the issues of paving stones, and parking/traffic at the entrance to the Davidson Centre.
Council later endorsed that recommendation.
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