Kirkland splash pad opens

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Is the town eyeing a second water destination in the near future?

Michel Gibson finally fulfilled one of many promises made in his mayoral electoral campaign in 2013 – the opening of a splash pad in the town of Kirkland last Thursday.

Gibson, along with city officials, will be on hand next Tuesday evening at Harris Park for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, unveiling the $447,814 splash pad.

Terassement Limoges & Fils, the lowest of seven bidders for the project, transformed the redesigned park.

And the project, according to Mike Klaiman, director of the city’ recreation and library department, is on budget.

The price tag also includes the replacement of playground equipment, repaved pathways, replacement of sand with Fibar footing, installation of new sod, and general landscaping.

Kirkland’s new water destination was designed for the town’s age 0 to 14 demographic.

The splash pad was open for use last Thursday.

Members of the Sarena family were spotted enjoying the city’s latest investment.

“It’s a great thing for young families to come out here and enjoy the day and the water,” said Mr. Sarena.

“I’m all for projects that add something positive to the community,” he added.

Is another splash pad in Kirkland in the works?

Despite murmurs at city hall calling for a second splash pad, Klaiman said nothing is planned for 2015.

“It’s news to me,” he said. “We’ve got this one and this is the one we’ll work with.”

Dorval and Pierrefonds-Roxboro are the only other municipalities with a splash pad in the West Island.

Harris Park is located at 17178 Brunswick Blvd.   

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Geographic location: Kirkland, Harris Park, West Island

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