OTF Grant for Kenora Rotary Splash Park Supports Playful Space for All Abilities

Rotary Splash Park Grand Opening July 6, 2019

Today, the Rotary Club of Kenora and City of Kenora welcomed members of the public to the Grand Opening of the Kenora Rotary Splash Park at Norman Park for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new splash park. Local MPP Greg Rickford congratulated the Rotary Club of Kenora and the City of Kenora on the project after receiving a $150,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant in 2018.

“This investment by the OTF to build a splash park here in Kenora will ensure that all families throughout the riding have access to the kind of fun that fosters friendships and builds community,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora—Rainy River. “The Kenora Rotary Splash Park will be a space accessible for all, and a place where lifelong memories will be made for years to come.”

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Deb LeMaistre, Chair of the Rotary Splash Park Committee. “This grant has helped us tremendously in reaching our goal of having the splash park completed for July 2019, the start of the Rotary Club of Kenora’s Centennial Year.”

Mayor Reynard shared the excitement of the completion of the splash park for Kenora. “We are happy to receive this funding to support the Rotary Club’s centennial project and see the project come to life. The splash park and Norman Park is another hub of recreational space in Kenora for all to enjoy.”

The Kenora Rotary Splash Park has been built in partnership with the City of Kenora, Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) and Kenora Association for Community Living (KACL) to commemorate 100 years of service of the Rotary Club to the City and surrounding area. The Splash Park, featuring a lake life theme, is completely inclusive and accessible to all children with varying abilities and free for all to use. The partners are committed to the Kenora Splash Park project and celebrating that it is an accessible playground for all abilities. Donations can still be made to the Splash Park by visiting the website at: or email to or Facebook @RotarySplashPark.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

Quick Facts about the Rotary Splash Park Project:

• July 6, 2019 Grand Opening Celebration
• June 2019 concrete poured and splash park fixtures put in place
• July 16, 2018 ground breaking at future site of splash park
• July 12, 2018 final design plans released
• June 2018 contract awarded to Sierra Designs for construction of splash park
• May 2018 OTF grant $150,000 received
• July 19, 2015 local fundraising began with a community event at Norman Park
• January 2015 splash pad proposed as Rotary Centennial Project to Kenora Council
• December 2, 2014 The Rotary Club of Kenora votes to move forward with the Centennial Project, the building of a fully accessible splash park

Contact Information:
Deb LeMaistre, Kenora Rotary Splash Park Committee Chair

Supporting Links:
Ontario Trillium Foundation
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