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Long overdue upgrade complete for Dublin outdoor washrooms



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It took a bit of time, but thanks to an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and the help of the Dublin Lions Club, new outdoor washrooms at the Dublin Community Centre were finally upgraded and officially opened during a brief Nov. 17 ceremony.

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The Municipality of West Perth and the Dublin Lions had intended to upgrade this three-season facility for a number of years, wanting to enlarge its washrooms to make them accessible, upgrade weatherproofing and improve storage facilities for community groups, officials said. They were last used in 2018 but, due to the nature of the project, the cost of the upgrade and the global pandemic, the project was put on hold.

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Thanks to a generous contribution of $38,200 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and a $12,500 contribution from both the Dublin Lions and the municipality, the project was finally completed by local contractor Feeney Design & Build.

“It’s been a project that’s been on our radar for a little while. It kind of went through the COVID pandemic like everything else and. once we got out. it was truly a project that needed to get done,” said Darcey Cook, recreation and facilities manager for the Municipality of West Perth, who thanked both the foundation and the Lions for that vital financial push.

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“The Lions have been a great partner in the Dublin area, and we’re happy to work with them in having this project in this community,” he added.

Cook also praised West Perth council for seeing the importance of the project and Matt Feeney of Feeney Design & Build for getting the project done “on time and on budget.”

“You can’t get any better than that,” he said.

Perth-Wellington MPP Matthew Rae and Bob Parker, a volunteer with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, were also present for the opening.

“Our communities deserve accessible, quality recreational facilities,” Rae said. “I regularly attend community events across Perth-Wellington; it is clear how integral they are to our communities. This Trillium Foundation grant is great news for families in Dublin and across West Perth.”

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In addition to accessible washrooms, the restoration also improved storage facilities for community groups. The centre is used for a variety of meetings, gatherings, celebrations and fundraisers.

Thanks to the grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the centre will be better equipped to support community activities, offering a more functional space.

With the long overdue improvements complete, West Perth Mayor Walter McKenzie said he and others hope to see an increased usage in the already well-used park.

“The support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has been invaluable,” Cook added. “Their assistance has not only enhanced our facilities, but has also contributed to the creation of a more inviting and accessible space. Seeing it unveiled is an exciting moment for our community.”

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Hauke Behn, president of the Dublin Lions Club, which marks its 50th anniversary in 2024, said members have been “lucky enough” to have a strong relationship with both the West Perth and the provincial governments over that half century.

“This has allowed our community to thrive as club members and citizens have worked hand in hand to complete not only this project but many other projects over the years,” Behn said. “These successes would not have happened without contributions received from the Trillium Fund.”

Parker remarked that the official announcement took place on the 41st anniversary of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s formation, on Nov. 17, 1982, and is a vital arm of the Government of Ontario and among Canada’s top grant providers. Over the past year, the foundation has dedicated more than $110 million to support 1,022 community projects and partnerships, leaving a lasting and substantial impact. For more information, visit

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