North Bay’s splash pad will get built, just not in time for Canada Day as hoped.

The City of North Bay and the Rotary Clubs of North Bay have taken giant strides toward completing the long-awaited project. The equipment, valued at over $180,000 has been purchased and the contract was only recently awarded to Bruman Construction Inc. in the amount of $377,923.60 (plus HST).

Gord Young, the City’s communications officer, confirms the splash pad will not be ready by July 1 as the contractor’s schedule has not been finalized.

“It is still anticipated to open this summer but we can’t provide a specific date at this point,” explained Young.

The Family of Rotary Splash Pad Project will be located by the museum and will be mostly paid for by the Rotary Clubs of North Bay.

The city’s share is $52,000 which covers site preparation costs and that includes the underground infrastructure to feed the splash pad with water.

Rotary will cover the balance of the cost which is $650,000.

In March, after city council approved the equipment purchase, Councillor Dave Mendicino said, “With the demands in our capital budget and infrastructure that we need like the community centre, Casselholme and Cassells Street, I could not see us doing this project this summer if it weren’t for Rotary.”