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Aug. 2 meeting to explore splash pad idea for Yarmouth

Children enjoying the splash pad at Graham’s Park in Shelburne County. PHOTO COURTESY JANINE DOUCET-D’EON
Children enjoying the splash pad at Graham’s Park in Shelburne County. PHOTO COURTESY JANINE DOUCET-D’EON - Contributed

YARMOUTH, N.S. – A meeting is being held Thursday evening, Aug. 2, to further discuss the idea of a splash pad for Yarmouth.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is being held at Lil’ Jems, located at 1040 Lakeside Road, at 7 p.m. It is being organized by the Yarmouth Splash Park Committee group that has recently formed on Facebook.

Yarmouth resident Jana Jeffery recently threw out the question of whether interest exists for a splash pad in Yarmouth and then, given the interest, started the Facebook group, which has around 1,631 members.

Jeffery said last week she’d like to see a committee formed to decide on details such as where a park should be located and how the community could undertake fundraising.

While there are funding options to pursue, Jeffery feels it is important to have community involvement – and community fundraising – in a project such as this to show that there is grassroots support for it.

The splash pad idea recently came up for discussion at a Yarmouth town council committee of the whole meeting, where the idea for one was viewed as favourable.

Jeffery says Yarmouth recreation director Frank Grant and Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood will be attending the meeting.

Mayor Mood says she’s happy to see so much enthusiasm about a splash pad.

“We are certainly excited about the possibilities. There are a number of location options, the community is pulling together and we can all agree this would be amazing for our children and adults alike,” she says. “What fun!”

Meanwhile, asked if she was surprised that there has been so much response to her social media post and then the formation of the group, Jeffery admits she wasn’t expecting such a big response so fast.

“Within a day there was over 1,000 people in the group,” she says. “I think it’s great that everybody wants to help and wants this for our town.”

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