The splash pad at Kingston Park in Chatham (Photo by Jake Kislinsky)

Beating The Heat In CK

Chatham-Kent residents who are hoping to enjoy some time outside this long weekend will have plenty of options to choose from.

Splash pads and campgrounds at conservation areas across Chatham-Kent are opening Friday.

The splash pads in Bothwell, Chatham, Mitchell’s Bay Beach, Tilbury, Wallaceburg, and Wheatley are all open now. Residents in Blenheim, Merlin, Thamesville, and Ridgetown will have to wait until June for those splash pads to start up.

You can find the specific locations of the splash pads listed below.

When it comes to camping, the C.M Wilson Conservation Area is open from now until Thanksgiving Monday.

It has hydro and water available for most sites, so it’s ideal for tent or trailer camps. It also has some nature trails, playgrounds, and snacks available at the gatehouse.

Splash Pad Locations

– Talbot Trail Place Blenheim splash pad – 24 John St. W. (opening in mid-June)

– Bothwell Optimist Park – 252 Oak St.

– Chatham Kingston Park – 91 Paxton Dr. (will be shut down for 35 minutes at noon and 5pm daily for maintenance)

– Mitchell’s Bay Beach – 2 Main St.

– Merlin Kinsmen Park – 2 Erie St. (opening June 4)

– Ridgetown Kiwanis Park – 5 George St. (opening June 1)

– Tilbury Knights of Columbus Park – 49 Bond St.

– Thamesville Ferguson Park – 32 Wallace St. (opening June 1)

– Wallaceburg Jaycee Park – Larkwood St.

– Wheatley Area Complex – 196 Erie St.