It was sunny and getting warm as dozens of families gathered at Gemmill Park today for the long-awaited opening of the splash pad.

This was the latest step in the Gemmill Park Campus Project. The park now features accessible pathways and washrooms, play structures, a splash pad, and a skate park (completed in summer of 2017).

The project received funding of up to $208,010 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, and a $25,985 grant through the Ontario Tire Stewardship’s 2016 Community Renewal Fund, totalling $233,995.

The CIP150 funds were used for the installation of a splash pad, skateboard park, barrier-free washroom facility and barrier-free trail to access the amenities within Gemmill Park. The Ontario Tire Stewardship Community Renewal Fund grant was used to pay for 50 percent of the total cost to install rubber matting under the new play structure area.

“This is the first major investment in Gemmill Park in two decades, and it will enhance access to recreation facilities for all residents of Mississippi Mills,” said Mayor Shaun McLaughlin.