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Fall access at SBX


Hi all,

The kiting and windsurfing community are trying to raise funds so that we have better access to Outlet and Sandbanks beach this fall. This was sent to be by a few kiters in Ottawa. Spread the word!

-Ira

Summary
 
Due to cuts to the Ontario government’s budget that had a significant impact on Ontario parks, 10 parks were to be closed and 130 fulltime and seasonal positions cut.
 
As many of you found out ( perhaps the hard way) this impacted the windsurfing and kitesurfing community with access restricted to both Sandbanks beach as well as Outlet beach in the form of a locked gate as of Oct 8th last year - right about the time the best of the world class windy season started at Sandbanks.
 
The short of it - we managed to convince the park to install a secondary gate that will allow us access to the beach until December but we need your help raising funds to support the costs.
 
We need the support of the wind community and ask that you please donate what you can to help with this initiative!
 
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VLQDVYDLBNRX2
 
Full story and progress to Date
 
A small number of windsurfers and kitesurfers took on the task of gathering feedback from the windsurfing and kitesurfing communities, drafting proposals and contacting and working with the park to see what could be done. Thanks to efforts of this group (and in particular to Ilan Artzy from Montreal who met several times with the Friends of Sandbanks (http://friendsofsandbanks.org/site/home/) as well as the Superintendant and assistant superintendant of the park!) there are improvements to access that are being implemented:
 
The park has agreed to make changes to the park that will benefit the windsurfing and kitesurfing community:
 
    A new gate will be installed to allow windsurfers/kitesurfers to access Outlet beach after the official closing of the park (Thanksgiving). The gate will remain open until December.
 
    The walking path to Sandbanks beach has already been enlarged and improved in order to provide better off-season access.
 
How you can help
 
Of course there is a cost to implementing these changes for the benefit of our communities and with a fixed budget and ever-increasing costs the park can only afford to make a certain amount of improvements. The park is picking up the tab for the improved access path to Sandbanks beach and the Friends of Sandbanks has agreed to provide the up-front funds with the understanding that we would launch a fundraising campaign to raise money to support the park that many of us visit for an amazing session on the water as often as possible.
 
Here’s where your support is essential. We’re asking the windsurfing and kitesurfing community to donate to this cause to both help fund the cost of changes that are being implemented for our benefit as well as show our support for the Friends of Sandbanks, that without their support for our proposals as well as up-front funding, we might not have been able to get approval for a new gate.
 
For your convenience, a Paypal account has been set up to gather donations from the community, which will be provided directly to the Friends of Sandbanks. While there is no time limit on donations, please try and make your donation within the next three weeks so that the donations can be provided to Friends of Sandbanks as soon as possible :
 
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VLQDVYDLBNRX2
 
If you prefer to make your donation directly to the Friends of Sandbanks, you can mail in a cheque to the address below. PLEASE – make note on the cheque that you are a windsurfer/kitesurfer submitting a donation to help with access improvements to the park so that Friends of Sandbanks will know how much the communities have donated. I’m sure they will also let the park know.
 
Friends of Sandbanks
 
PO Box 22007, 97 Main St
 
Picton, ON K0K 0A0

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Re: Fall access at SBX


Quick update from Steve, of the gate organizers

"Here's a picture of the new gate I took on saturday; parking lot beside it where my car is parked. Photo has exact GPS coordinates if you want to plot them on the map; here is a map that gives you a rough idea:

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=203005249409307094643.0004cd84e74607d3eceff&msa=0

$5K is the target as there is definitely more work needed. So far $1,200 has been raised."
 
Steve
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