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Downtown Elora

In 2016, the Township of Centre Wellington received a very generous gift from Jack R. MacDonald in the amount of $3.436 M that must be used for the long term positive impact in the former Village of Elora. Council approved $1.805 M to be used towards enhancement of Downtown Elora in the means of reconstructing the Victoria Street Bridge for pedestrians, and the public realm improvements to West Mill Street.

Council determined to use the remaining $1.509 M towards exciting projects/ideas proposed by the community.

26 applications received for evaluation by the Community Services Advisory Committee totaled $6,029,591 in funds requested from the MacDonald Trust fund. The committee diligently worked on the evaluation and have put forth a schedule to allocate $1,509,000 in funding to 8 projects/programs as submitted for evaluation, those being:

Elora Rockers/Lions Club for Bissel Park updates, multi-use surface$350,000
Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA)/Riverfest for performing arts and cultural centre$100,000
ECFTA for accessible washroom upgrades, new windows, front entrance upgrade and artist residence$380,000
CW Skatepark association for a skatepark to be located at the Elora Community Centre$203,296
CW Community Foundations for a Community Endowment Fund$392,509
Bungalow 55 for a green house, garden shed and growing tables for a community garden$23,195
KIPP for water service and electric service to KIPP oven in Bissel park$35,000
Elora Sculptures for a sculpture to recognize JR MacDonald legacy$25,000

In 2016, the Township of Centre Wellington received a very generous gift from Jack R. MacDonald in the amount of $3.436 M that must be used for the long term positive impact in the former Village of Elora. Council approved $1.805 M to be used towards enhancement of Downtown Elora in the means of reconstructing the Victoria Street Bridge for pedestrians, and the public realm improvements to West Mill Street.

Council determined to use the remaining $1.509 M towards exciting projects/ideas proposed by the community.

26 applications received for evaluation by the Community Services Advisory Committee totaled $6,029,591 in funds requested from the MacDonald Trust fund. The committee diligently worked on the evaluation and have put forth a schedule to allocate $1,509,000 in funding to 8 projects/programs as submitted for evaluation, those being:

Elora Rockers/Lions Club for Bissel Park updates, multi-use surface$350,000
Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA)/Riverfest for performing arts and cultural centre$100,000
ECFTA for accessible washroom upgrades, new windows, front entrance upgrade and artist residence$380,000
CW Skatepark association for a skatepark to be located at the Elora Community Centre$203,296
CW Community Foundations for a Community Endowment Fund$392,509
Bungalow 55 for a green house, garden shed and growing tables for a community garden$23,195
KIPP for water service and electric service to KIPP oven in Bissel park$35,000
Elora Sculptures for a sculpture to recognize JR MacDonald legacy$25,000