The Thousand Islands Playhouse (TIP) and the Town of Gananoque are pleased to announce that an agreement has been made to retain the L-shaped dock on Charles Street South.
At a meeting on Tuesday, April 18, Town Council voted to accept TIP’s decision to take ownership of the L-shaped dock.
The water lot was not included in the previous capital facilities agreement signed by TIP and the Town in 2014, therefore it was unclear who was responsible for the maintenance and liability of the adjacent dock. Over the past few months, TIP and Town staff have worked together to find a solution that will keep the dock afloat for many more years to come.
The Thousand Islands Playhouse staff confirmed that the dock will be repaired and ready to go for the upcoming season.
“The outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming,” says TIP’s General Manager Brett Christopher. “Clearly, the dock is much more than a place to tie up a boat. It is a symbol of the Town’s deep history and connection with the river.”
The heritage venue and its renowned L-dock have been the cultural heartbeat of the community for over a century. Built in 1909, the facility served as the Gananoque Canoe Club and the area’s dance hall before finding new life as Canada’s dockside theatre.
Today, the dock provides public access to the river, seasonal docking for local boaters, as well as transient spots for theatregoers.
“The Town is pleased to have been able to come to an agreement that works for both parties,” said Mayor Demchuk. “We are happy to have this issue resolved, especially in time for the 2017 summer season.”