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New splash pad at Margaret Bowater Park in Corner Brook set to open Canada Day as planned

City of Corner Brook employees, from left, Evan Fisher, Jason Tizzard and Donny Wareham, work on fine-tuning the new splash pad at Margaret Bowater Park late Friday afternoon.
City of Corner Brook employees, from left, Evan Fisher, Jason Tizzard and Donny Wareham, work on fine-tuning the new splash pad at Margaret Bowater Park late Friday afternoon. - Gary Kean

It may be coming down to the last minute, but the new splash pad at Margaret Bowater Park will met its target and be open for Canada Day.

The City of Corner Brook was still fine-tuning the new amenity late into Friday afternoon, but confirmed it will be operational Monday.

Mayor Jim Parsons said the splash pad will be officially opened at 1:45 p.m., but it will be turned on for children to enjoy earlier in the day.

Donald Burden, the city’s director of public works, water and wastewater, was at the site Friday afternoon. He said the hope was to have the splash pad fully functional, but it’s possible the push-button activation feature for each device may not be operational in time.

Regardless, Burden said the worst-case scenario is that water will be continuously pumped through all of the splash pad’s features until the push buttons are figured out.

The splash pad recirculates water from an underground tank, so having all the features in continuous operation won’t be a waste of water, noted Burden.

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