Two companies are building a new outdoor recreation center in the town of Iroquois Falls – and officials are excited about the news.
“Especially after the past two years, rest and a focus on healthy lifestyles is more important than ever for all populations,” said Brian Finner, director of recreational services for the City of Iroquois Falls.
Validus Power Corporation and Tightline Construction will transform the existing Devonshire Park into a multifaceted park. There will be a splash pool, basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, and an accessible playground.
“Regardless of whether you have money or not, it is there for everyone and that touches me a lot,” said Tory Delaurier, Mayor of Iroquois Falls.
“Validus and Tightline Construction, they made my dream come true and the dream of our residents.”
Children playing in the park during the announcement said they were particularly excited about the splash pad.
“That’s maybe the best thing I could do in this city,” said Elaina Kollmeita.
The center will be named after Leo Bechard, a former resident who happens to be the father-in-law of Validus’ President and CEO Todd Shortt.
“I know he would have loved to have everything we do for the community revolve around recovery,” Shortt said.
The investment is $2 million and city officials said they are grateful to be able to contribute to the quality of life in the community.
“We’re near mines… in a quiet, safer community,” Delaurier said.
“I’m not saying the other communities aren’t safe, but we are very safe. Just drive 45 minutes to Timmins or half an hour to Cochrane, 20 minutes to Matheson, we have a central location for everyone, right, and the cost of living is cheap here, our taxes are not that high.”
The plan is to start construction next spring and finish before winter. Residents are reminded that the design is a work in progress and is subject to change.