SCUGOG: Port Perry's Lake Scugog shoreline got a makeover last week, courtesy of some local volunteers looking to give back to the community.
The project, which included a clean-up of the shoreline area and restoration of the gravel walkway along the water's edge in Joe Fowler Park and Baagwating Park, was coordinated by the Scugog Lake Stewards and carried out by employees of AC Nielsen Company Ltd. in Markham, who were participating in the business' annual Global Impact Day. The event, now in its second year, involves Nielsen employees taking part in 40 different community initiatives chosen by coordinators.
After the limestone was dropped off by township staff, volunteers from Nielsen helped rake the stones along the pathways as well as prune some of the vegetation lining the path's sides. Another group of volunteers took to the waters of Lake Scugog and picked up garbage strewn along the shore.
Lake Stewards president Barb Karthein said that the new limestone will help make the pathways more water-resistant and more inviting to pedestrians.
"The Stewards have been requesting the township top-up the limestone fines surface on those paths to prevent low spots which hold water and make walking impossible for many days of the year," she said.
According to Christine Goble, a Port Perry resident and supervisor at Nielsen, the Lake Stewards project was chosen due to several employees wanting to give back to the community in which they live, with many of those workers calling Scugog and Uxbridge home.
"We wanted to do something meaningful in our home community, so we identified the Lake Stewards' project," Ms. Goble told The Standard. "Many of our employees use this park and go fishing on the lake."