The Gananoque Reporter

Kinsmen come out to support Rockport Customs Dock project

Lorraine Payette, For Postmedia Network
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Published on: March 10, 2020 | Last Updated: March 10, 2020 2:21 PM EDT


Under beautiful sunny skies, the Friends of Rockport Customs accepted a donation in the amount of $3,000 from the Gananoque Kinsmen Club for work on the restoration of the Rockport Customs Dock.


“The Kinsmen have donated this money to provide three small round tables under sunshades for the Dock,” Wendy Merkley, of Friends of Rockport Customs, said. “We will be putting a plaque on each table stating that they were donated by the Kinsmen Club.”


The Kinsmen selected the project through a love of supporting local charities and projects that help and enhance the community. They support Food Banks, clothing projects, and other necessary programs in the community, and the Customs Dock looked like a perfect fit. It is becoming more of a public park every day as well as a historic site, allowing people in Rockport to continue to enjoy their waterfront at all times of the year.


“Right now we’re at $501 thousand,” Merkley said. “We have about $120 thousand left to go. Resurfacing and a planned floating dock are the big ticket items. But everything that is at the Customs House now is fully paid for.

“We have a fundraiser coming up on May 2 at the Rockport Recreation Hall. The Rockport Development Group is putting on a Bavarian Dinner with schnitzel cooked by our popular chef, Eric Seigwart. He and his wife are RDG members, and they always provide wonderful food for us.”


Tickets will be limited and go on sale soon.


To learn more, contact Merkley at wendymerkley@1000island.net.



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FUNDRAISING!

Freinds of Rockport Customs Park

We are trying to reach our goal to finish and rejuvenate the area for public usage!