Work will soon be underway on Lamont Sports Park, the new outdoor sports complex planned for the south end of Port Elgin. In a Town of Saugeen Shores media release, the contract for Phase One of the project was approved by Saugeen Shores Council March 22, with work planned to begin before the end of the month.

“It’s exciting to see this project moving along,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “The growth of our community has allowed us to build these new baseball diamonds as part of our ongoing effort to improve quality of life for everyone in Saugeen Shores.”

Awarded to Anthony Furlano Construction, Phase One will include four ball diamonds as well as provide infrastructure for future phases at a cost of $5.3 million. While coming in above the original budget, the contract was awarded to the lowest of five bids which ranged from $5.3 to $9 million. Council also approved an additional $55,000 for sand point well irrigation and port-o-let enclosures, ensuring continuous irrigation even during droughts or watering restrictions.