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Friday, December 21, 2018

Progress on Sauble Beach Town Square

Sauble Beach | by John Divinski  

Hope is to have washroom upgrades complete by May long weekend

It looks like the proposed Sauble Beach Town Square will be available to the public for the first time on the Victoria Day Holiday weekend in 2019.

In an information report December 18th, to South Bruce Peninsula council, town CAO Brad McRoberts says things are moving along and to date, under budget for three main projects for the square.

Harold Sutherland Construction is already doing some site preparation work on the Town Square project while staff has purchased a trailer-mounted stage system, which was delivered in late October.

McRoberts says that stage will likely be used for the first time during the Wiarton Willie Festival in February at the Wiarton Arena.

Previously the municipality rented a stage for the event but they now own one.

McRoberts says the final piece of work to be done is the upgrade to the washrooms in the square.

Ken Burrows & Sons Custom Builders will be doing the upgrades at a cost of just over $133,000 with a goal to having the work done by the holiday weekend in May.

McRoberts says the washroom work includes improving some accessibility issues; improving the exterior and interior of the facility and providing more and better washroom fixtures.

Council approved a budget of $900,000 last June to get the work done and it appears to be coming in under budget.

He says $200,000 has been set aside for site preparation and landscaping; roughly $200,000 for the trailer mounted stage system and another $200,000 for the washroom upgrades.

The Sauble Beach town square is being constructed in what is now a washroom and parking lot area between 2nd Avenue North and Lakeshore Boulevard North, with Giggles Arcade and the Beaver Tails hut to the south, and Sola's Grill a few doors to the north. 

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