FedNor invests in Sail Parry Sound

 

SPS President Bob Griffiths thanks Minister Clement for FedNor investment.

SPS President Bob Griffiths thanks Minister Clement for FedNor investment.

Parry Sound–—Sail Parry Sound announced May 1, 2015 that it has received a generous investment from FedNor for its latest waterfront development

Following the formal announcement by the Honourable Tony Clement, Member of Parliament Parry Sound-Muskoka, Sail Parry Sound President Bob Griffiths described the $122,236 as critical to the club’s expansion of services to the community and visitors.

“Waterfront infrastructure is key to Parry Sound’s development.  With the three new outdoor attractions to be added to the sailing centre, more access to the water, to the trail system, and much greater public enjoyment of the waterfront will be possible.

“FedNor has supported the vision of a longer season for the shoreline property we lease from the Town.  We greatly appreciate the guidance and support FedNor has provided.”

With a café kiosk operated by an independent provider on the new observation deck, Sail Parry Sound will offer the only elevated, outdoor, west-facing outlet in Parry Sound, where people can enjoy a “fast casual” snack while drinking in the panoramic view of the Big Sound, for several months of the year.

“We anticipate that people who are walking or cycling on the neighbouring Rotary and the Algonquin Regiment trail will find this a refreshing stop along the shore.”

In addition, the sailing club will invite independent operators to provide stand-up paddling training and rentals, as well as other human-  or wind-powered craft.    Another facet of the development plan is to have an independent operator of bicycle rentals and training.

Bob Griffiths continued, “Adjacent to the trail, which is the access route to hundreds of miles of cyclist-friendly trails, Sail Parry Sound is perfectly positioned to welcome cyclists.  It is our intent to earn certification as an approved site for Ontario by Bike.”

“This generous FedNor support”, he said, “has made it possible for Sail Parry Sound to exercise more ways to serve Parry Sound, further demonstrating sailing for a better community.”

Sail Parry Sound is a not-for-profit corporation formed by volunteers in 1997 to restore the sailing heritage to the waters of Parry Sound, through excellence in sail training and regatta management.

Photo posted by Parry Sound Tourism:

SPS volunteers  and deputy mayor with Minister Clement

Phase 2 plans need everyone’s support

Autumn skies cloud the Big Sound, and the great winds are rising. The fleet is safely stored, ready for another spring.

During the winter months, Sail Parry Sound will be busy, fundraising to meet the challenge from the granting organizations. Our task is to raise $40,000, to demonstrate once again, our commitment and the community support we inspire.

The completion of the Boathouse could be a reality in a few short months, with your help. The landscaping is to be completed, and parking improvements are in the works. The second floor sail loft, washrooms, and a wrap-around observation deck with a café kiosk for light meals, and wind- and human-powered watercraft rentals are all part of the plan. Your suggestions have been heard!

What is needed now, is everyone’s support. More information concerning the Phase 2 development is here.

For other gifts, including Memorial donations, you may use PayPal, to send to manager@sailparrysound.on.ca  or send a cheque to Sail Parry Sound at Box 734, Parry Sound, P2A 2Z1.