Stephen Hatch, Treasurer of SOS Thousand Islands, and Stephan Senecal worked together to create a safer and more welcoming addition to Brockville’s waterfront. Dominique Gingras used SketchUp to bring the vision to life.
The project took only two weeks to complete thanks to a joint effort between the City and SOS, with 20 SOS volunteers providing over 450 man hours from the moment the appropriate permit was given by the CRCA. The Dave Cooper Memorial Fund supplied funding for the stairs, with the City providing extra technical services as well as crushed stone and underlay material. The project benefited from 1000 Islands Concrete’s expertise as well as a percentage of the concrete expenditures.
Stephen Hatch is really pleased with the final outcome of the 450 hours of voluntary work put in by SOS members.
While the stairs were originally created with scuba divers in mind, they may be utilized by anybody to provide an extra entrance point to enjoy the river and our beautiful waterfront. The depth immediately off the wall is 10 to 15 feet, with a gentle drop to 30 feet.
The original mooring was preserved in place and incorporated into the new design as part of the SOS mandate for the protection of marine heritage.
Save Ontario Shipwrecks (SOS) is a Provincial Heritage Organization in Ontario dedicated to the study, preservation, and promotion of an appreciation of Ontario’s marine heritage. SOS has Chapters throughout Ontario that carry out projects and host meetings and events in their areas.
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