Cool off at Ottawa’s first solar-powered splash pad

Solar power is helping kids make a splash at a park in eastern Ottawa this summer as the city budget cools.

The first solar-powered splash pad opens Friday in Cyrville Park.

“We don’t use electricity, it all comes from the sun, honey!” count. Tim Tierney said Friday when the new splash pad officially opened.

The solar panel is on top of the pirate ship in the park.

Before the pirate ship was built, kids cooled off with just a little pout. With the installation of the new splash guard and solar panel, dozens of people can splash around freely in the heat.

“It’s nice because we always had to walk to the other splash pad and now it’s next to my house,” said parent Melissa Blanchard.

Tierney says using solar energy to power the splash pad at Cyrville Park will cool the city’s bottom line.

“This makes it affordable to deploy this,” Tierney said. “It would cost about $40,000 to use electricity to power the pumps.”

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