The newly renovated and expanded Beach House at Port Elgin Beach has been officially opened.
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday morning (July 20th), Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith did the honours surrounded by the staff who work to maintain it and the other beach facilities.
“Council has always considered the beach as one of the town’s main assets,” said Mayor Smith. “This wasn’t the easiest project for Council. It was sent back a number of times but the Waterfront Committee had this idea and came to us and, finally, we all agreed and it came together fairly quickly.”
“It’s always a challenge when you marry the old with the new in a building,” added Director of Communication, Jayne Jagelewski, “but it was done seamlessly here. This facility will be a lasting legacy for the community. I also want to thank Mayor Mike Smith, who has been a personal support, and also a support for this new facility.
“I think this is a facility that will make itself available for the community for a lot of years to come,” said Architect Jerry Slavish, “and we want to thank the town for the opportunity to work on this facility.”
The new washroom facility also features four family pods, outdoor foot showers and a large storage area to be used for beach grooming equipment and by Saugeen Shores Lifesaving Club. In addition, it houses the new Pumpkinfest office.