Economic Benefits of Lake Scugog Enhancement Project
There are many economic benefits resulting from the Lake Scugog Enhancement Project, including those related to tourism.
- A healthy lake at the bottom of Queen Street is vital to the Town of Port Perry and to the economy of Scugog as it is the ‘Gem’ of our Township. It differentiates our town from all the other small historic towns in the GTA and beyond.
- The area to be dredged is the prime viewing area of the lake by tourists, the media and potential real estate buyers. Cyclical low water problems, excess aquatic plants and algae plus concurrent smells are bad for business and our image.
- A greater depth in this area, and the removal of excess aquatic plants should allow for and encourage many more recreational events, ranging from continued Dragon Boating and paddleboarding, to competititve junior and senior rowing, kayaking and canoeing, fishing tournaments, learn to fish opportunities for children, sea-flea power boat and sea-do racing and much more.
- Many more paying events will be encouraged in the various parks. These events bring a wide range of visitors who later visit the stores and restaurants.
- Enhanced fishing caused by dredging would prove to be economic advantage.
- As above, the area to be dredged is one of the first ‘points of judgement’ of the Township by which Real Estate desirability throughout the Township and especially the lakeshore, is determined.
- A clean, healthy lake is pivotal to attracting new business that wants to operate beside it, especially to downtown Port Perry.
- The more attractive Port Perry is, the more it can act as a magnet for other business and industry in other parts of the Township.
- Greater profitability of businesses and real estate means increased tax revenues.
- Boaters will be more attracted to a deeper, cleaner, healthier Port Perry Bay and boat launch so they can take advantage of the town’s shops, restaurants and events. Visiting boats will have much more dock space with a depth that will accommodate them.
- There will be increased paying customers for the municipal parking area as greater numbers of boaters will be attracted to a deeper launch area.
- Access and egress from the Durham Rowing Club will be improved and made more pleasant
- The view from Leewinds and West Shore Condominiums will be improved, making them more attractive real estate prospects.
Economic and Tourism benefits of the engineered wetland
- It will provide protection to the entire lake from the nutrient, silt, salt and other pollutants entering the lake from three major urban culverts. Stormwater from these three culverts add approximately 20% of the total new phosphorus load in the lake each year which promote weed and algae growth.
- Instead of simply dredging a very shallow, unused area to improve its aesthetics, the constructed wetland will cover that area and it will work to remove contaminants of all kinds and become a repository for all the dredged material from the greater bay and launch area. It will be planted to be attractive.
- By pumping the dredge material from the lake into this new wetland area the cost of dredging is much reduced.
Economic and Tourism benefits of a new trail at the perimeter of the wetland.
- The existing trail south of Palmer Park is very well used. If it is linked with trails farther to the east, or even back through the forested area to the west of Loblaws, it could create a very interesting walkway. A new circular link with the Baagwating Park trail would also be a much safer route for snowmobiles in winter time.
- A very interesting and iconic bridge could be built on the trail. There could also be seating areas for a stunning view up the lake, or for watching events.(See the bridge to the right designed and built by Bill Lishman for the Stewards’ construction of Baagwating Park in 2004.)
- This trail would also offer good opportunities for educational signage to tell about the purposes of the water polishing wetland. This would be just one more positive to encourage the idea that Scugog is a pleasant, knowledgeable and forward thinking place.
- The contour of the new trail encourages current action which will reduce the collection of dead weed and create a more attractive area
- There could be designated fishing opportunities.