Summer Fun with New Splash Pad at Fanshawe Conservation Area

LONDON – Visitors to London’s Fanshawe Conservation Area will be able to stay cool and have even more fun this summer following the official opening today of a new Splash Pad in the campground area.

MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) and MPP Khalil Ramal (London-Fanshawe) were on hand today to cut the ribbon and open the new addition to the Conservation Area, which was developed through the Recreational Infrastructure stimulus program. The cost of the project totalled $160 000 with 1/3 coming from the federal government, 1/3 from the provincial government and the final 1/3 coming from fundraisers by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and the Campers Association.

speaking to media

cutting the ribbon

Londoners and visitors to the region will now be able to cool off in the Splash Pad as well as enjoying the other great activities in the park like mountain biking, sailing, fishing and camping.

“We want to make London an attractive destination for visitors to the region. We want to be a place they stay and visit, and the Fanshawe Conservation Area—with the Pioneer Village and Fanshawe Lake—is already an important attraction. As parents well know, the addition of the Splash Pad will make the campgrounds a more attractive family destination during the summer,” says Mathyssen. “This is one component of the larger effort to modernize and improve recreational infrastructure in London. Additional investments in trail and biking path upgrades across the city will also play a role in increasing the value of the Conservation Area as a recreation destination.”

playing in the splash pad

Mathyssen added that in total nearly $2 million dollars is being invested in her riding alone on recreational infrastructure which also include arena upgrades, additions to park amenities, and improvements to trails along the Thames River.