MCDOUGALL TWP. - Nobel beach-goers can expect an upgrade on the shores of Georgian Bay this summer.
Friday morning Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement, left, announced $100,000 funding for the expansion of McDougall Township’s Nobel Beach facility. Mayor Dale Robinson, along with other township council members and staff were also on had to hear the announcement.
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Last Friday morning Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement announced $100,000 in funding through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for improvements to an existing structure that will include four individual change rooms, two full-service washrooms, a staff/instructors’ office and utility room. Additionally, the design includes an internal, covered walkway in the centre of the structure as a quick shelter for the public in case of a storm, as well as a covered veranda with a view to the waterfront.
“Who’s ready for the beach?” Clement joked just prior to the announcement inside the chilly McDougall Recreation Centre. “The idea is that we wanted to help our local municipalities have some money for existing buildings, or facilities or in some cases roads and bridges where they needed to do upgrades. We have a site here, that’s always been there, where we wanted to do upgrades. This upgraded facility, on the shores of Georgian Bay, will make the municipal beach and the programs it offers even more of an attraction for full-time residents and summer visitors alike.”
Construction is already underway on the upgrade, said McDougall Mayor Dale Robinson.
“I guess we’re a victim of our own success, our swim program, run by our recreation department, headed up by our recreation director Brian Leduc, is very successful,” said Robinson. “The Bell Lake program, the Nobel (Beach) program, we as a council were struggling - we knew we needed better facilities down there and we’re starting to do a little but here and there as we expand the facility, but this partnership with the federal government certainly gives us a boost where we can move a lot faster and get our building up and have proper washrooms in place. The timing certainly couldn’t be better and we’re boots to the ground running already.”
Leduc touted the benefits of the partnership between the township and federal government
“Not only does this project create jobs and infuse economic stimulus into the local economy across various construction trades and suppliers, it also enhances the tourism sector,” said Leduc, who is also the township’s fire chief and municipal enforcement chief.
“It will also serve the area residents and visitors for many years to come,” he said.