DJ Hancock Memorial Park Now Open

Jul 27, 2016

The DJ Hancock Memorial Park is officially open. Mayor Brian Bigger, members of the Hancock family, and the Splashpad of Champions Committee cut the ribbon to open the park dedicated in the memory of DJ Hancock who died in August 2014.

The original project was for the installation of a splashpad designed to look like the surface of a hockey rink to honour DJ’s passion for the sport.  The project expanded to include a brand new play structure as well as the splashpad to create the DJ Hancock Memorial Park.
"On behalf of City Council, I’d like to congratulate everyone who contributed to the success of this project,” Mayor Brian Bigger said. “Your hard work and commitment built something beautiful that will honour the memory of a remarkable young man. This new splash pad and play structure will provide a long-lasting benefit to the quality of the neighbourhood and the children who will play here.” 

The park cost $500,000 to complete; of that, $172,000 was fundraised by the Splashpad of Champions Committee and the remainder was donated.

The City of Greater Sudbury donated the land to the Committee and updated the grounds around the park with sod, trees and flowers. The property will revert back to the City for maintenance purposes. 

“The heart and hard work that built this park is incredible,” Councilor Fern Cormier said. “Our community is better today because of the spirit and love that made this special place a reality.”

The project was overseen by Hancock family friend and Splashpad of Champions Committee Chair, Melissa Sheridan. 

“DJ’s passing was painful for all who knew and loved him, but I am so glad that we have been able to create a living memory to him in this park,” said Ms. Sheridan. 

Dean Maxwell Hancock Junior died in 2014 at the age of 18 when his car was hit by a drunk driver.