Leeds and the Thousand Islands reopens Ivy Lea Wharf

Dignitaries gather for the reopening of the Ivy Lea Wharf. in the front row, from left, are MPP Steve Clark, Coun. Brian Mabee, Coun. Mark Jamison, Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke, Deputy Mayor Terry Fodey. In the middle row, from left, are township CAO Stephen Donachey, Ken Kehoe (Kehoe Marine Construction), Coun. Brock Gorrell, Jamie Cote (TIA), Coun. Jeff Lackie, District Chief C Richardson. In back, from left, are Kevin Hawley (Greer Galloway), Donna Cote (TIA), Captain P. Dickson, Director Operations David Holliday. – Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

On Wednesday, June 19, the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ivy Lea Wharf, officially opening the newly redesigned facility.

The project involved the replacement of the old wharf and floating docks with new structures.

The new facility brings several improvements, including a reoriented boat ramp that now allows straight-in water access and egress, eliminating the need for a 90-degree turn on the old ramp, thereby enhancing safety and convenience for boaters.

Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands council members, staff, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark, Kehoe Marine Construction, Greer Galloway Consulting Engineers, and representatives from the Thousand Islands Association were all present.

“The dock is more than just a structure; it represents council’s commitment to our community, to protect community members with access to fire services, to enable those on the islands to have access to services and allow wonderful access for recreational opportunities on the water,” said township Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke.

“On behalf of council, I wish to thank everyone who helped make this project a reality. Our community will benefit from improved access to the St. Lawrence River and the natural beauty of the Thousand Islands region.”


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