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Beckwith Township to make a splash with new pad for kids

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By Dianne Pinder-Moss
dianne@pdgmedia.ca

Amanda Wagorn, mother of three, sees how much her kids enjoy playing at the splash pad at Riverside Park in Carleton Place and the Beckwith Township resident says she would love to have a facility like that closer to home. So, she is doing her part to make that a reality in the township as a member of the Splash Pad/Playground Fundraising Committee.

The committee, which was formed in early 2016, has been working to increase awareness and fundraise for the installation of a splash pad and playground structure at Beckwith Park. The initiative is being undertaken as a legacy project to mark the township’s 200th anniversary this year.

Reeve Richard Kidd, who is also part of the committee along with Councillor Faye Campbell, Matthew Guetta, Shannon Guetta, Kelly Bowles, Melissa Kidd-McDaniel, Krista Newton and staff representative Cassandra McGregor, says having a splash pad at Beckwith Park has been a topic of discussion for the past four years.

Beckwith Township not only being one of the fastest growing municipalities in Lanark County but also has one of the youngest populations, with an influx of families with young children. He believes there are many pluses to the project.
Kidd says a splash pad would enhance the township’s day and sports camps, which attract up to 100 children a day each summer. In addition, with the number of organized sports taking place at the park such as soccer, football and baseball, the facility could be used by the younger siblings of those participating in these activities, he noted.

“More and more people are coming to use the trails,” he added. “We thought this would be a good thing for young families to come and use at their leisure.”

For her part, Wagorn thinks the project would be a beautiful addition to the park. “It would create a community gathering spot where parents with young children can come and meet one another,” she said. “With the community growing so quickly, it would be nice for new neighbours to get to know one another while their kids play.”

As part of the research for the project, committee members have looked at neighbouring municipalities such as Carleton Place, Perth and Smiths Falls, which already have splash pads. However, Kidd stresses that Beckwith’s splash pad will be unique from others in the area in that it and the playground structure being installed will reflect the township’s rural character. With this in mind, the roof of the play structure will be shaped like a barn and the slide section will resemble a tractor.

“It definitely will have a country feel to it,” the reeve said. That includes the choice of rustic colours such as green and brown.
The splash pad and play structure will replace the existing ones at the park. The estimated pricetag for the two is $300,000. The township has set aside $100,000 in reserves for the project and is exploring possible grants to assist with the cost.

As well, the committee is doing some of its own fundraising. Already, more than $1,500 has been raised through operating a canteen at the March Meltdown, hosting a pancake breakfast at the Lilac Festival and a paint for play event in mid-May. Another fundraiser being planned is a family picnic at Generations Inn on Sept. 18.

Likewise, the committee has developed a sponsorship package for those who would like to support the initiative. Starting at Acorn ($50-$249), the sponsorship levels continue up to Bird ($1,000 plus).

Public feedback of the project have been nothing but positive, according to Kidd. “They think it is a good addition,” he said.

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Beckwith Township to make a splash with new pad for kids

splash-pad

By Dianne Pinder-Moss
dianne@pdgmedia.ca

Amanda Wagorn, mother of three, sees how much her kids enjoy playing at the splash pad at Riverside Park in Carleton Place and the Beckwith Township resident says she would love to have a facility like that closer to home. So, she is doing her part to make that a reality in the township as a member of the Splash Pad/Playground Fundraising Committee.

The committee, which was formed in early 2016, has been working to increase awareness and fundraise for the installation of a splash pad and playground structure at Beckwith Park. The initiative is being undertaken as a legacy project to mark the township’s 200th anniversary this year.

Reeve Richard Kidd, who is also part of the committee along with Councillor Faye Campbell, Matthew Guetta, Shannon Guetta, Kelly Bowles, Melissa Kidd-McDaniel, Krista Newton and staff representative Cassandra McGregor, says having a splash pad at Beckwith Park has been a topic of discussion for the past four years.

Beckwith Township not only being one of the fastest growing municipalities in Lanark County but also has one of the youngest populations, with an influx of families with young children. He believes there are many pluses to the project.
Kidd says a splash pad would enhance the township’s day and sports camps, which attract up to 100 children a day each summer. In addition, with the number of organized sports taking place at the park such as soccer, football and baseball, the facility could be used by the younger siblings of those participating in these activities, he noted.

“More and more people are coming to use the trails,” he added. “We thought this would be a good thing for young families to come and use at their leisure.”

For her part, Wagorn thinks the project would be a beautiful addition to the park. “It would create a community gathering spot where parents with young children can come and meet one another,” she said. “With the community growing so quickly, it would be nice for new neighbours to get to know one another while their kids play.”

As part of the research for the project, committee members have looked at neighbouring municipalities such as Carleton Place, Perth and Smiths Falls, which already have splash pads. However, Kidd stresses that Beckwith’s splash pad will be unique from others in the area in that it and the playground structure being installed will reflect the township’s rural character. With this in mind, the roof of the play structure will be shaped like a barn and the slide section will resemble a tractor.

“It definitely will have a country feel to it,” the reeve said. That includes the choice of rustic colours such as green and brown.
The splash pad and play structure will replace the existing ones at the park. The estimated pricetag for the two is $300,000. The township has set aside $100,000 in reserves for the project and is exploring possible grants to assist with the cost.

As well, the committee is doing some of its own fundraising. Already, more than $1,500 has been raised through operating a canteen at the March Meltdown, hosting a pancake breakfast at the Lilac Festival and a paint for play event in mid-May. Another fundraiser being planned is a family picnic at Generations Inn on Sept. 18.

Likewise, the committee has developed a sponsorship package for those who would like to support the initiative. Starting at Acorn ($50-$249), the sponsorship levels continue up to Bird ($1,000 plus).

Public feedback of the project have been nothing but positive, according to Kidd. “They think it is a good addition,” he said.

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