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Camp Sherwin Unveils Splash Pad

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With summer on the way, leaders at the Erie County YMCA and Camp Sherwin in Lake City have developed a new method to beat the heat. They unveiled the new Splash Pad, and Spray and Play Park Monday morning to dozens of excited campers.

"We're very excited about it,” said Gerry Vandermerwe, CEO of Erie County YMCA. “We're looking forward to a warm summer and the kids, I think, are going to really enjoy the splash pad.”

Construction on the 30-foot-by-50-foot Splash Pad began in the Summer of 2013 and was completed earlier this year. The $98,000 project was funded in part by a grant from the Erie County Gaming and Revenue Authority.

"Camp Sherwin recently became a recipient of regional asset funding from the Erie County Gaming and Revenue Authority,” said Perry Wood, executive director of the Erie County Gaming and Revenue Authority. “We're really happy to come in at a grant of about $15,000 to get this project over the hump and implemented for this summer.”

Organizers say the Splash Pad is an alternative to a traditional swimming pool, giving users another way to stay cool during the summer.

"This is primarily for the younger kids and for people with disabilities,” Vandermerwe said. “Sometimes it becomes a hindrance for people to get in and out of our pool. Even though they can, it becomes a challenge for them."

The park will be open to both members of the “Y” and the general public. Visitors may purchase a day pass for camp Sherwin for $6 per person or $18 per family.

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