Our community service projects

Jubilee Park Accessible Playground

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This joint $350,000 project with the Town of Saugeen Shores was completed in Summer 2010

Our club with our friends from the Rotary Club of Port Elgin were the naming donors for the playground project by each contributing $25,000. Club members from Southampton were also key members of the Fund Raising Committee that raised the full $350,000 over a 5 year period.

At the time, this was the first fully accessible playground of its type in Bruce County and provides integrated play opportunities for young and old of all capabilities. A sensory garden is included in the design and this was named the Bruce Power Sensory Gardens after the company's lead donation to the project. It was envisaged at the opening of the playspace that a splash pad would be added at a later date. At long last the Splash Pad opened in the Summer of 2017.

Perkins Park

The Lot on Perkins Blvd. was bought from the Perkins family in 1999 by the Southampton Rotary Club for $30,000 and then in turn donated back to the town which made a double Lot and formally created Perkins Park.

In 2001 the washrooms were added at a cost of $20,000 along with the Rotary symbol and the Park name. Then in 2002 the Pergola was constructed which added beauty and enjoyment to this unique location.

Christmas lights along the Pergola made it even prettier in the winter months. The two Red Maple trees were planted in June 2003 which were dedicated to Archie and his wife Gladys Perkins along with plaques which were placed at the base of the trees to commemorate this event.

In 2011 new plaques were added.Every June there is a BBQ and clean up day to make sure the Park remains in good condition.Not only can people enjoy the Park in the summer months but since 2010 more Christmas decorations and scenes were added and one of the highlights now is Santa’s sled and reindeers. Perkins Park is a public park that was created by the Rotary Club of Southampton for use by the Community and Visitors.

In 2015 the club in partnership with the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Project planted a series of gardens with native plants that are larval food for butterflies (e.g. Milkweed for Monarchs and Pearly Everlasting plants for American Painted Lady). In the Summer of 2016 the club erected a Mural kindly painted by members of the Southampton Art School and Gallery. This was based on an idea seen in Florida at a Rotary Park in Cape Coral.
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Did you know?

Artistic impression of new ER
Southampton Rotarian Ellis Millard was the driving force behind the construction of the Saugeen Memorial Hospital and the club became the founding donor by pledging $15,500 in 1944 to enable the purchase of the site.
The club continues to be an annual supporter to help maintain health care close to home and recently pledged $50,000 to the new ER/Laboratory Expansion Project which commenced construction in 2016.