Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Projects
Riverwalk story boards
For decades, the Thornbury Dam has been a point-of-interest for visitors and residents alike. Once the new dam was built, complete with air-bladder-controlled gates AND the new readily-visible fish ladder, interest increased even more!
Soon after plans were announced by the Town to construct an attractive stairway and viewing platform below the Hwy 26 bridge, Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary jumped onboard to help with the interpretive storyboards that would be posted throughout the project that has come to be known as Riverwalk.
Below is a view of the almost-finished project.
The upper platform & gardens
The upper platform of the Riverwalk project features 2 of the story boards and beautiful gardens -- at the edge of the riverbank by the Town Hall.
The Official Opening
On Wednesday, September 26th, all of the various partners in the project assembled to celebrate the completion of the first stages of the Riverwalk project. Attending were representatives of The Town of The Blue Mountains, Grey-Sauble Conservation Authority, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club.
One of the story boards
This interpretive panel, with text and content prepared by Grey-Sauble Conservation Authority, explains the Beaver Valley Watershed. In all, 10 story boards are planned for the project, extending from the harbour to Clendenning Dam in Clarksburg.
A view from the top
The beautiful stairway leads down from the upper platform to lower viewing platforms near the river. Note the Hwy. 26 bridge crossing the Beaver River, just below the dam.
Another view, this time downstream, showing the path by the river and the remains of the old dam/power station. Note another story board, which explains the new fish ladder.
Fish ladder story board
This story board gives a great explanation of how the new fish ladder works. This is one of the panels sponsored by T-C Rotary.
Thornbury dam's new bladder-controlled gates are always of interest to visitors.
The new fish ladder
The new fish ladder is most interesting to watch when the spring or fall run of Rainbow Trout is underway! This view is from one of the lower platforms.
A view from the bottom
A view of the platform and stairway -- this time from river level!
Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary was pleased to support the work of the Town on this interesting project. Pictured here with the respresentatives of the Town, Grey-Sauble and MNR are Vice President, Steve Schofield and Community Service Director, Terri Robbins. (This story board explains the species of fish using the new fish ladder.)