Invermere selected as Top 20 finalist by Kraft

Rotary Club's splash park project has chance to win $25,000, live TSN broadcast

Invermere has a chance to win $25,000 for the Rotary Club’s splash park project.

The splash park is one of 20 finalist community projects across the country vying for ten $25,000 prizes awarded through Kraft’s Celebration Tour.

Keri-Anne Thomas, who nominated Invermere and the splash park, was one of 630 other Canadians who nominated projects in their communities for the award.

The finals of Celebration Tour, which is in its fifth year, pit each of the 20 finalists head-to-head with another finalist. The ten winners of these head-to-head match-ups receive the funding prizes. Usually two communities in a match-up are from the same province or at least the same region. Invermere and the splash park project are paired against Pemberton, B.C., which is seeking the award to help rebuild its community BMX bike track.

“The splash park will be an invaluable addition to our community and will provide a missing element to waterfront family fun and entertainment for the youngest crowd,” states the Invermere nomination. “It will allow families to get more out of Kinsmen Beach as older children can play at the lake or on the dock while the younger kids can safely play in the water at the splash park.”

The splash and spray park would be on Kinsmen Beach and is expected to cost $320,000. The Rotary Club committed $50,000 to the project and, so far, has fundraised an additional $20,000 for it. Invermere and the other 19 finalists were announced on Sunday, June 30th.

The winner of each match-up is determined by online voting, which occurs on a different day for each match-up, always starting at noon and running for 24 hours.

Voting for the Invermere splash park-Pemberton BMX track match-up will start Thursday, July 11th at noon at All winning communities will also host a live TSN broadcast.