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Recreation Study Results Released

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Study shows a rec facility with pool, track & fitness facility would be viable in SaugeenShores.

A new recreation centre market study in Saugeen Shores shows such a facility could make a go of it in the municipality.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau  says, "Overall it (the study) shows a rec facility with a pool, walking track, fitness facility would be viable operation in the town of Saugeen Shores."

Charbonneau believes the report, presented to councillors by LeisurePlan International, is on the "conservative" side when it comes to the numbers reported.

The report states such a facility could attract between 2,300 and 3,000 memberships.

You may recall the town and the Owen Sound YMCA have been talking about a Memorandum of Understanding where the town would build the centre and the Y would operate it.

Neither party has agreed to anything yet.

Deputy Mayor Don Matheson says the report doesn't say if the centre would be operated by a company, or the Y or would the town run it and he wants more information.

He says communities such as Kincardine and Elmira run their own facilities.

Matheson says he didn't get the answers he was looking for.

He says he read the report several times and the report offers only basic data and data can mean anything you want it to mean.

At the next council meeting, staff will present a report on what happens next.

Matheson says if it's just a report calling for another $40,000 or $50,000 study, he will not support it.

Mayor Charbonneau says there's still a lot to discuss, saying such a rec centre could cost over 20-million-dollars.

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