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Saugeen Shores Receives $250K For Lamont Sports Park

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Windfall comes in following Kraft Heinz Project Play win.

The Lamont Sports Park project in Port Elgin now has $250,000 in the bank.

The money comes from Kraft Heinz as winners of the Project Play compeitition.

Brand Manager for Kraft Heinz, Matt Bruce says Saugeen Shores did "an amazing job" in coming out on top in the Kraft Heinz/TSN promotion. 

Bruce says it was a pleasure giving away the quarter-million-dollars, which was done in a short ceremony at Council Chambers after a tour of the Sport Park site.

He says over the past five-years, they've given away 3.2-million-dollars to 81 communities across Canada.
Bruce says he was impressed with the rallying that took place in Saugeen Shores during voting weekend October 18th to 20th.

It's not known how many votes were cast for Saugeen Shores, but in total, the final four communities managed to raise some 2-million-votes for their projects.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau says the money will be used to make Lamont Sports Park more accessible.

Next on the agenda is a public fundraising campaign for the park and a committee will be struck to develop such a plan.
Charbonneau says, "It's really important to have a good plan for raising funds before you start going out and knocking on doors, looking for money."

The proposed Lamont Sports Park will feature amenities for all ages in addition to sports fields, new accessible trails and an accessible playground.

Council has already approved a 1.65-million-dollar expense to construct the park with money raised through fundraising and debt financing.

The Project Play Committee was made up of Mayor Luke Charbonneau; Deputy Mayor Don Matheson and Councillors Cheryl Grace; Kristan Schrider and Jami Smith.

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