Saturday, July 20, 2024

Saanich students celebrate opening of new splash pad at the iconic Rutledge Park


Saanich Mayor Dean Murdock joined students of Cloverdale Traditional School at Rutledge Park on Monday, June 24th to celebrate the grand opening of the revitalized park with a brand new splash pad — which was turned on for the first time. 

In addition to the new splash pad, the park also now features a brand-new washroom and change room building, as well as modern playground equipment.

According to the District of Saanich, while designing the park, they made sure to include accessible, safe and nature-based elements. 

“On behalf of Saanich Council, I am thrilled to unveil these improvements to Rutledge Park just in time for everyone to enjoy this summer,” said Murdock. 

“Saanich’s parks are such an important part of our community as they provide people with places to connect with friends and family and to stay healthy and active. Thank you to our government and community partners for helping to make it a reality.”

To build this park, Saanich secured $905,992 from the Province of British Columbia and Government of Canada, $329,508 in municipal funding, a $30,000 grant awarded by Tire Stewardship BC and $10,000 from the Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association. 

Additionally, the pink elephant that has enamoured the park’s visitors over the years will remain in the park, with the new elements being installed around it. 

“Rutley the pink elephant and Rutledge Park have always held a special place in the Saanich community,” says Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

“The new park improvements will help kids grow physically, emotionally, socially and imaginatively. It’s great to see when all orders of government team up to make public places easier to use for everyone.”

The District says they hope this new park will be utilized for fun in the sun all summer long and for years to come.

Curtis Blandy

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