Wind­mill Lake wins 2017 EcoFriendly At­trac­tion of the Year Award

The Goderich Signal-Star - - OPINION - KATHLEEN SMITH

The 2017 sum­mer sea­son for Wind­mill Lake was quite suc­cess­ful, see­ing over 2,000 vis­i­tors to the park.

It didn’t end there - just a few weeks ago, Wind­mill Lake was hon­oured with be­ing named the “Eco-friendly At­trac­tion of the Year” Award. This award is for the Amer­i­cas - in­clud­ing North Amer­ica, Cen­tral Amer­ica and South Amer­ica.

Ac­cord­ing toWind­mill Lake’s co- owner Jen­nifer Pate, the award is based on a com­bi­na­tion of what your at­trac­tion of­fers and it’s en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly na­ture.

“I be­lieve it is quite a long process from be­ing nom­i­nated to be­ing re­searched and voted for,” Pate said.

“We heard about the award back in the Spring and have been pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate - be­cause of the in­ter­na­tional na­ture of the award, the cer­e­mony is in the United King­dom in Novem­ber, at which point a phys­i­cal award will be given for us to dis­play at the park.”

Dur­ing the sum­mer months, Wind­mill Lake was host to its nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties such as wake board­ing lessons and pad­dle board­ing. In ad­di­tion, it was host to two new events.

The Wind and Waves Out­door Eco Festival, which was a three­day event with live mu­sic, food trucks, a beer gar­den, ven­dors mar­ket and pad­dling ac­tiv­i­ties was a hit.

The Rule the PoolW ake­board Com­pe­ti­tion, and the Try #SUP #RUN#YOGA events in July saw peo­ple come to the park for the first time for those events.

“The 2017 sea­son was amaz­ing! We had in­cred­i­ble staff, sup­port fro­mour lo­cal com­mu­nity and busi­nesses and we are ex­cited to see what 2018 holds for us - what more could you ask for?” said Pate.

Mov­ing for­ward af­ter a suc­cess­ful 2017 sum­mer sea­son and mov­ing for­ward af­ter such in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion with the award, Pate states that that recog­ni­tion will not change how the Wind­mill Lake op­er­ates.

“An award like this is con­fir­ma­tion that we are on the right track and our ded­i­ca­tion to bal­anc­ing recre­ation with en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity is be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated by our cus­tomers, vis­i­tors and the wider tourism com­mu­nity,” ex­plained Pate.

“We will be mak­ing sure that ev­ery­thing we do in the fu­ture is done with the en­vi­ron­ment in mind. We are ex­cited for the com­ing years as we grow and help more peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence re­spon­si­ble tourism.”

Wind­mill Lake has not ex­panded to win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties yet, but are look­ing for­ward to the 2018 sum­mer sea­son.

“We are look­ing at build­ing our events - part­ner­ing the TRY event with our an­nual Pass the Han­dle: Try New Wa­ter- sports Day and to make Wind and Waves bet­ter than ever,” ex­plained Pate.

“Therewill def­i­nitely be some changes at the Park for the 2018 sea­son, but we will al­ways be mak­ing sure that what we of­fer, we do re­ally well and en­sure our im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment is kept to a min­i­mum. We can’t wait for next sum­mer and hope to see all of our vis­i­tors re­turn, as well as see new peo­ple out here en­joy­ing what our lake has to of­fer.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF JEN­NIFER PATE

Four-year-old wake­boarder

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CURTIS JUSTRABO

Com­pet­i­tive wake­boarder at com­pe­ti­tion.

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