The ground has been broken for the Rotary Splash Pad and the hope is for the long-awaited attraction to be open by the end of July or early August.

The splash pad has been 12 years in the making and will be located adjacent to the North Bay Museum. The project is a collaborative effort by the Rotary Clubs of North Bay and North Bay-Nipissing. In concert, the clubs have raised the funds necessary to build the 7,000 square foot pad.

Bruman Construction is on site undertaking the general construction, with the installation of the splash pad equipment to be completed by ABC Recreation.

Work on the facility includes two phases. The first phase includes the infrastructure and site preparation of the pad, building washrooms and change rooms, plus preliminary landscaping. This will cost about $500,000. Phase two, at a cost of $150,000 will have sun shelters, picnic tables and benches added to the site and the landscaping completed. Rotary is in the process of raising funds for the second phase.

Rotary has raised nearly $439,000 to pay for the project. The City of North Bay’s share of the project is $80,850 which went towards infrastructure and site preparation costs.