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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Spruce The Bruce Projects

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Funding for accessible sidewalk, sculptures and pavilion furniture in Walkerton.

Good news for Brockton, the municipality is receiving Spruce the Bruce dollars.

Brockton has secured close to 27 thousand dollars to fund eight community projects through the Spruce the Bruce program.

Under the program, Brockton will match the dollars, and in many cases the municipality will be exceeding that.

Just over 112 thousand dollars will be invested in the eight projects, 27 thousand of that is coming from the Spruce the Bruce funding.

Community Development Coordinator Paulette Peirol is thrilled saying the projects will help beautify the community and spur on economic development.

She says some of the projects are beautification in nature including a Canoe Sculpture and Pavilion Furniture that will be installed near the pavilion at the Saugeen River bridge in downtown Walkerton. (project cost $6,950, funding $3,475)

There will also an Optimist Park Sculpture of a water drop. (project cost $9,456 funding $4,728)

Both the Canoe and Water Drop sculptures will be locally designed and built.

Lobies Park will get a much needed new boat launch to provide paddlers and anglers better and safer access to the river. New signage will also be added. (project cost $23,332, funding 2,500)

An Accessible Sidewalk project will take place at key downtown intersections, the current interlocking brick will be repaved, with the new Walkerton logo imprinted on the sidewalk.

Tactile plates will be installed to improve accessibility. (total sidewalk project $60,000, funding $10,000)

Event Signage is another project as three event signs will get a makeover (projects cost $5,580, funding $2,790)

The Walkerton Community Centre will get a fresh new sign. (project cost $1,977, funding $998)

There is also a Storefront Marketing Package to dress and stage empty storefronts to make them more appealing. (project cost $5,000, funding $2,500) This project is the only privately led one - no municipal dollars attached)

All of the projects must be complete by Fall in order to access the Spruce for Bruce grant dollars.

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