Construction at Sugarbowl Park nearing completion

As soon as the weather allows it, kids will be splishing and splashing at Sugarbowl Park.

Town staff say a grand opening for the new splash pad and accessible public washrooms at Sugarbowl Park will take place this spring. The hope was to have all construction on the park completed for the spring grand opening, but landscape architect and park planner Tikki Yuen said visitors will have to wait a little longer for the new playground and shade structure.

Nevertheless, she said it’s exciting to see the project near completion.

“Hopefully all the construction is going to be done this year,” she said, adding there was a strong sense of excitement last year when the splash pad was commissioned.

The splash pad will act as the replacement for the former Kinsmen Pool, giving residents a place to have some fun with their kids and cool off in the warm summer months.

Because water to the washroom and the splash pad is connected, the Town must wait for the washroom to be finished to start up the splash pad. Yuen’s hopeful that’ll happen in the next couple of weeks, but said it’s dependent on weather.

A request for proposal on the new playground is set to go out this week. Once that’s done, Yuen said they’ll have a public information centre in May where residents can vote on a couple of design options. It’ll be the Town’s second playground with rubberized pavement, which makes it more accessible.

The new pavilion, which rounds out construction work at the park, is also expected to be finished this summer.

Sugarbowl Park is located at 100 Gilmore Road. In addition to the renovations taking place, it’s also home to an off-leash dog park, pathways, ponds, seating areas, and the Dreams to Memories memorial tree grove.

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