Ward 8 splash pad project reaches goal

Peter Shuparski (CEO of for Seniors Only) presents $5,000 to Brandi Braithwaite, Ward 8 CAN Executive Member. Supplied photo jpg, SU

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The Ward 8 Community Action Network (CAN) and the Twin Forks Neighbourhood Association have collaborated to install a splash pad at Twin Forks Playground in New Sudbury. The campaign kicked-off in 2018, with an initial contribution of $94,100 from the City of Greater Sudbury’s Healthy Community Initiatives fund.

On July 8, the Ward 8 CAN announced it was just $5,000 away from their $115,000 fundraising target and was seeking community support to help make the project a reality. As a result, Peter Shuparski, CEO of Sudbury’s For Senior’s Only and former Madison Avenue resident, reached out with an offer to provide the $5,000 required to move the project forward.

“My family and I have spent a lot of time on the swings at Twin Forks Playground,” Shuparski. “I’ve wanted to give back to the New Sudbury community for some time and this project seemed like a perfect fit. I am very proud to support the development of the park’s splash pad and look forward to visiting the pad with my family once construction is complete.”

The eco-friendly splash pad will optimize its water usage via a push-button system, and will consist of additional enhancements should funds permit, or the $115,000 fundraising target is exceeded.

“For those who are still interested in supporting the cause, we will be continuing to collect donations for pieces that will make the splash pad an even better experience for the community,” says Ward 8 CAN Chair Rachelle Niemela. “This could include additional seating, landscaping and a shade structure.”

Those interested in contributing to the Twin Forks Splash Pad project can visit ward8sudbury.ca for more information.

“We are so grateful to Mr. Shuparski for his generous donation and would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who have supported this project with their many contributions”, says Ward 8 CAN executive member Brandi Braithwaite. “Every donor has played an integral role in providing families and youth in our community with the opportunity to use the park more often as a safe and friendly place to meet new people, play, and cool off in the summer.”