Wilmot Splashpad Reopened Friday With COVID-19 Precautions

Wilmot Terry Fox Run organizer Nigel Gordijk, with Splash Pad Lady Angie Hallman and her son, Vance.

Wilmot Terry Fox Run organizer Nigel Gordijk, with Splash Pad Lady Angie Hallman and her son, Vance.

Just as summer starts to heat up, Wilmot’s popular splashpad is set to reopen for the season, albeit later than usual because of the municipality’s COVID-19 shutdown.

The township made the announcement in a news release June 22.

The Wilmot Recreation Complex splash pad reopened on Friday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m. and stayed open until 6:30 p.m. It will be open seven days per week, weather permitting.

Provincial orders and local public health guidelines require it to be fenced and supervised by staff. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed within the fenced area at any one time.

At Monday night’s Wilmot council meeting, director of parks, facilities and recreation services Sandy Jackson said there will be other changes to how the facility operates, including reduced hours.

“Normally, we would run 10 a.m. to 8 p.m,” she told council. But since staff will be on site to control numbers and manage physical distancing, operating hours had to be reduced.

“We will be clearing the space every 50 minutes and allowing us time to disinfect the splashpad in between groups of users,” Jackson said. “The number 50 will be subject to change if we find we aren’t able to manage physical distancing and we’ll have to reset that, but we’re going to give it a go. Hopefully we see lots of folks out.”

Coun. Angie Hallman said she understands the need for the changes designed to keep the public safe. “Public Health and Safety is always number one. I fully support these measures and protocols,” she said.

Hallman – a.k.a. “Splashpad Lady” – organized and led the push to bring the water park to Wilmot in 2012.

“It usually opens the long weekend in May. This allowed for many schools to have their year-end field trips in the month of June.”

She’s pleased to see it being reopened now. “I haven’t missed an opening day yet. I will be there on Friday.”