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splash pads open for summer

This weekend, park goers will be able to splash through the water jets at Canada’s Sugar Beach giving  people a fun way to cool off as they explore the waterfront in East Bayfront.  Water is also flowing in Sherbourne Common where the splash pad opened last week just in time for the long May weekend. The park’s 240-metre long water channel  and its three dramatic art sculptures are also in full swing.

Sherbourne Common’s splash pad is one of the striking features of the multi-purpose park. The 920-square metre splash pad, located in front of the park’s zinc-clad pavilion, is made of sandblasted concrete embedded with cooling tubes.  Forty-four water jets made of stainless steel are included within the concrete slab – which doubles as a skating rink in the winter – along  with linear diffusers that shoot water upward.

At Canada’s Sugar Beach, located a few meters west of Sherbourne Common,  twenty-seven dynamic water jets are embedded in a large, granite maple leaf beside the beach. The water jets are designed and programmed to give a cascading water effect at different heights. At night, the water jets display a variety of bright colours projected by dozens of LED lights.

Sherbourne Common and Canada’s Sugar Beach — popular new additions to the waterfront — have been widely recognized for their design excellence. The parks and their water features are operated by the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department and will be open through Labour Day.

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