Canada Day weekend is the target date the Iroquois Waterfront Committee has set to complete its first major project.
Started last fall, the project continues this spring and in the end, the size of the popular beach will have increased dramatically.
Jim Wilson, chair of the Iroquois Waterfront Committee, met this week with The Leader to discuss the progress that has been made.
“We’ve doubled the size of the beach,” said Wilson, showing that the rocky area westward from the original beach has been excavated and replaced with beautiful beach sand.
With the beach complete, the focus has shifted to the grassy area leading up to the beach.
That too is being expanded. “I would say we will have about one-third more lawn area,” said Wilson.
The lawn area is expanding northward, taking up a good portion of the former parking lot area, which has been removed.
The new parking area, will be much the same as the old one, but will be shifted northward.
According to Wilson, the plan is for the parking area to be gravel, rather than paved, for the foreseeable future.
The Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club is contributing to the beach expansion project with two new shelters, similar in size to the existing shelters, one towards the east of the existing shelter and one towards the west.
“If we can have all of that done by Canada Day, we will all be absolutely thrilled,” said Wilson.
“I’m really happy with what’s been accomplished,” he added.