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Splash pad to cost Corner Brook about $75,000 more than initially budgeted

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
CORNER BROOK, N.L. —

The City of Corner Brook has revised its budget for the splash pad project at Margaret Bowater Park.

City council passed a motion during its public meeting Jan. 13 to budget $328,142.76 for the project.

It initially estimated a cost of around $250,000.

Mayor Jim Parsons told The Western Star a few adjustments to the plan were necessary once development was underway.

“There were a few changes; of course, additional expense can come up when you’re building to a deadline as we were,” he said.

According to Parsons, upgrades to the piping and to the concrete pad were required. Additional expenses went towards those materials and towards the additional labour.

He said this accounts for the additional $75,000 expense.

Parsons felt it was necessary for the long-term maintenance of the splash pad.

“So that for years to come, it will perform better and cost us less,” he said.

The splash pad was finished last summer and was opened for Canada Day.

stephen.roberts@thewesternstar.com

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