Rotary Splash Park and Kinsmen Playground officially open

Ribbon cutting privilege goes to girl who started the fundraising with the first donation.

A small crowd came out to the official opening of the Rotary Splash Park and Kinsmen Playground this afternoon.

And children ran around having fun in the splash park even thought the weather wasn’t as hot as it was during Riverboat Days.

Every piece of equipment as tried out by the many children in the playground.

The privilege of cutting the ribbon went to Grace Griffin, 8, who became the first person to donate money to the splash park fundraiser when she asked her friends to skip giving her birthday presents and give to the splash park instead.

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross was on hand for the opening as was mayor Carol Leclerc and councillors Mike Prevost, Stacey Tyers, Lynne Christiansen and Brian Downie.

“It is a great, great day for us,” said Leclerc, adding the playground and splash park are great enhancements to the community.

Being in the heart of the comm, it allow parents and grandparents to come socialize and its free, she added.

Leclerc thanked the Kinsmen, the Rotary Clubs’ vision for adding the splash park, and noted the cost was nearly $800,000 for the splash park and playgrund.

“When everyone comes together, we get a wonderful, wonderful project like this,” said Leclerc.

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Grace Griffin keeps the bow after the ribbon cutting at the official opening of the Kinsmen Playground and Rotary Splash Park.

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross speaking at the grand opening of the Rotary Splash Park and the Kinsmen Playground points toward the playground, saying his children played in the playground and now so are his grandchildren.

Georgia Gration plays on the monkey bars at the grand opening of the Kinsmen Playground and Rotary Splash Park.

Kids play in the Rotary Splash Park at the grand opening in spite of the cloudy cool day.

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