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Tyler Clarke
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Dakota Bruce comes down the mini-slide as Alex Thomas (bottom right) scrambles to get out of the way on Friday afternoon at Kinsmen Water Park. With overcast skies and rain for much of the day, the pair virtually had the park to themselves even after the sun came out. It will be far busier on Monday morning when a barbecue to mark the Kraft Celebration Tour begins at 11:30 a.m. as the city attempts to get enough votes on Monday and Tuesday to win $100,000 to fix the waterslides. 

It’s a simple message, but an important one -- “Get out and vote,” Mayor Greg Dionne said.


“That’s all I’ve got to say,” he said with a chuckle. “Get out -- in big capital letters -- Mayor demands, get out and vote.”

The voting window for the Kraft Celebration Tour is between 9 a.m. on Monday and 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, online at

Earlier this summer, the city deemed the waterslides at Kinsmen Water Park unsafe. Worn down to their fibreglass fibres, the 28-year-old waterslides were at risk of giving slivers to users.

With the waterslides a popular draw for locals, the facility’s closure has come at a blow.

The majority of the 39,824 people who attended the Kinsmen Water Park during its 80-day season of operation did so in order to use the slides.

With city council only willing to contribute $60,000 toward the $260,000 re-build cost, resident Shannon Hurl turned to the Kraft Celebration Tour contest to help fund the balance.

As one of the top 10 finalists, the effort has already won $25,000 for the slides.

If the slides make the top spot, the Kraft Celebration Tour will fund an additional $75,000 toward the city’s effort to rebuild them.

However, even if the city wins the full $100,000, the city remains $100,000 shy of the project’s total cost.

Dionne said that the city’s still working at getting the balance from community service clubs.

“Some of the community clubs don’t have a meeting over the summer so they’ll be taking it to their board when they meet in September,” Dionne said.

Limited on details at this point in the game, Dionne said that the city will “continue to work three or four different alleyways.”

But, if the city wins the full $100,000, he’s confident that service clubs will be spring at the chance to fund the project’s remaining cost.

As it stands, the next big hurdle will be getting enough people onto the Kraft Celebration Tour website to vote on Monday and Tuesday, he said.

In addition to the voting page (, a Facebook page has been created for the local effort, titled “Save Our Summer, Save Our Slides.”

Geographic location: Kinsmen Water Park

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  • BJ
    July 21, 2014 - 10:44

    went to and where and how do i vote Very poor set up for a person to vote that does very little on computer