The rain dissipated and the sun peaked through the clouds on the day dignitaries and community members gathered to celebrate the work of many local groups at Fairy Lake in Southampton. Bruce Power was one of the partners that supported the major project along with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, the Town of Saugeen Shores and Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.
The project began with the necessary removal of 500 hazardous trees due to the emerald ash borer infestation. The second phase focused on rehabilitation and rejuvenation of the park. These efforts included planting close to 200 new seedlings and trees, a dry stone stairway, a rejuvenated trail, improved pedestrian bridges, a lookout, the addition of heritage, edible and native plantings throughout the park, a rain garden and a butterfly garden. Educational signage with links to audio recordings and webpages will be installed throughout the park to educate visitors as part of SauGreen’s environmental stewardship efforts.
Students from Saugeen District Secondary School built the lookout, and along with students from G.C. Huston helped with tree replanting in the park. Other community partners include Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority, Historic Saugeen Metis, Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, Mandy Hutter, crews from Saugeen First Nation, Dean McLellan and Jen Kewageshig and the dry stone crew, the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores and Tourist Town.