New accessible splash pad to be built in Balmoral Park thanks to a $55,000 OTF grant

The Rotary Club of Aylmer is celebrating their new project, which will bring a new fully accessible splashpad to the BalmoralPark, in downtown Aylmer,  thanks to a $55,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London joined OTF representative Ann Lapinski in congratulating the Rotary Club of Aylmer at their official grant announcement.

The splashpad will encourage active and passive play, team play, and will accommodate different ages and developmental stages, making it accessible to all children.  These opportunities will improve the quality of life for the children and their caregivers.

“I’m pleased to be here to recognize the Rotary Club of Aylmer’s continued commitment to enhancing its community. With the new splash pad that this grant will help fund, the residents of Aylmer and surrounding area will have increased opportunities to engage their children in unstructured play activities. I want to commend the OTF and Rotary Club of Aylmer on their efforts to improve the community and increase the options for family fun and activities.” – Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London.

“The Rotary Club of Aylmer is delighted that the Ontario Trillium Foundation is contributing so generously to the splashpad project.  The Aylmer Splashpad Committee has put a great deal of effort into this project and it is our priviledge to work with them.  We look forward to a summer full of fun at the Aylmer Splash Pad” said Barbara Warnock, Rotary Club of Aylmer.

The Rotary Club of Aylmer has a history of community service.  The Club built the first bath house at the local swimming pool.  With the help of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Club played lead in the construction of a very well-used skate park in KinsmenPark.  Their own namesake park, RotaryPark, has been designated by Audubon International as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctury. 

The Objective of the Rotary Club is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. In particular, to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society. Also, the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life, the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.

For more information about the Ontario Trillium Foundation, visit www.otf.ca

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 CONTACT: William Ross | 519-631-0666 | william.ross@pc.ola.org

In Photo (left-to-right): Jeff Yurek, Michelle Tosh – Balmoral Park Splash Pad Committee, and Barbara Warnock – Aylmer Rotary Club