More than a year after the first shovels hit the dirt, the fully revamped Iroquois Park will open Saturday.
“I’m biased, but it’s absolutely beautiful,” said Coun. Kenny Podmore.
Saturday, June 30, the Town of Sidney hosts an official opening ceremony for the park, emceed by Podmore. The new park includes a water spray park, a change room and washrooms, sports court, putting green, refurbished pond with waterfalls and walkways. The Sidney Lions Food Bank relocated to the park property last year.
Work on the site began in April 2011 with a budget of $2.9 million, including government contributions from Ottawa and the province of just over $750,000. About a month after the groundbreaking ceremony, Sidney council of the day cut back on the budget, eliminating $400,000 in costs.
Mayor Larry Cross will lead a procession of local mascots into the park at 10:45 a.m. and speeches by federal and provincial dignitaries start at 11. Then 13 Sidney elementary students will be the first ones to test out the water spray park. There will also be games by Sidney Rotary Club on hand, music a Sidney Lions Club concession stand.