Iroquois celebrates beach upgrades, new fundraising campaign starting

IROQUOIS – This season, the Iroquois Beach has been busier than ever with several new additions and upgrades taking shape in the sand.

The Iroquois community came out to celebrate the new additions at the waterfront beach on Thurs., Aug. 4, including the newly opened deck and recently renovated canteen building. Pictured at the inaugration are South Dundas Counillor Archie Mellan (left), John Ross, committee chair Jim Wilson, Henry Swank, Mayor Evonne Delegarde, Bonnie Adair, Margaret Lee, Jim Millard, Friends of the Waterfront co-ordinator Allison Banford, and Keith Poore, along with some excited kids enjoying a free hot dog. Press Photo – Gosselin

Phase two of the Iroquois Waterfront Committee’s 20-year vision was celebrated Thurs., Aug. 4 with an opening ceremony to inaugurate the new deck and renovated canteen at the beach.

The recently opened deck and upgraded canteen building have joined two new picnic shelters built by the Iroquois Matilda Lions Club, which offers extra space to enjoy a picnic lunch or to relax near the water.

The parking lot that was drained and re-built last year was modified this spring to add 20 extra spaces, and a new storage facility was also built to provide a dedicated space for lifeguard equipment.

“There have been a few challenges, like rain, that have pushed the [opening] later than expected, but we are so proud and happy of what has been accomplished here so far,” said committee chair Jim Wilson. “There’s no doubt that this has become the most pleasant beach experience along this part of the St. Lawrence [River].”

Committee members, in collaboration with South Dundas municipal council, have plans for additional improvements, and have started a fundraising drive this month to kick start the wish list of additions.

All local households will receive an information card in the mail explaining the program, and shoppers at various businesses in Iroquois and area will see sand pails where they can make a donation – large or small.

Shoppers are invited to toss their change (or leave a cheque) in the sand pail near the cash register to help fund further improvements.

Any donation more than $10 will receive a receipt from South Dundas.

All money raised through this month’s campaign will be matched by the municipality, doubling donations.

The wish list for additions at the beach include new playground equipment, umbrella tables for the deck, upgraded washrooms, longer canteen hours, and a canoe and kayak rental facility.