State of the art facility in Orléans
Cumberland City Councillor and amateur sports champion, Stephen Blais and hundreds of east end children officially opened the new Millennium Splash Pad and Turf Field. The opening included a ‘Surf and Turf’ Splash Pad and featured a Cumberland Cobras girls’ exhibition match and the Orléans Bengals versus the Cumberland Panthers in various activities.
“What began as a vision years ago is realized today as a state of the art recreational complex for families to thoroughly enjoy right here in our community”, stated Councillor Blais. “The work was complex; the process was long; but seeing the kids’ faces made it all worthwhile.”
Opening day on Saturday, June 4 began with friendly competition of Tyke and Mosquito players from the Orléans Bengals and Cumberland Panthers with 7 on 7, relay races and a tug-o-war. Following football, Cumberland Cobras female team held an exhibition game. Special Guests made the day by signing autographs and giving ‘tips from the pros’ in soccer and football techniques!
“I’ve been involved in various amateur sports clubs for more than 20 years in Orléans and I’ve never been as thrilled as I am with the expansion of Millennium Park”, stated Michael “Chilli” Johnson, President of the Orléans Bengals Football Club. “Our entire club would like to thank Councillor Blais for his vision, determination and commitment to making this dream come true for us.”
Built beside the existing play structure, the “pirate” themed splash pad is part of the innovative $8 million Millennium Park expansion. This theme pad was overwhelmingly chosen by residents during an open consultative process.
“The new Splash Pad and Turf Field is a great addition to Millennium Park”, said Mayor Jim Watson. “This recreational complex is a great example of the City’s commitment to creating active and healthy communities, while improving quality of life for children of all ages and their families.”
A free community BBQ, a double set of massive inflatable structures, child fingerprinting with Ottawa Police and an aerial firetruck were on display to entertain kids and families.