The famous Danceland in the resort village of Manitou Beach is in trouble as water levels rise.
A committee has been formed to raise funds in order to ‘save danceland.’
Owner Millie Strueby said they have a goal of $350,000 to make the necessary repairs.
“Phase one, we had done that in September, which was jacking and leveling of the building, and we can really tell the difference here, but more work needs to be done,” Strueby said. “So that’s one of the reasons why we’re doing galas.”
Strueby said they formed a committee dedicated to raising funds to save the important building.
“We would hate to loose a thing of the past, something that made Manitou Beach what it is today,” Strueby said. “We would hate to lose that building, so that’s why we’re trying our very hardest to try to keep it going, trying to keep the building intact.”
Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency said that $7 Million has been invested in protecting the resort village from rising water levels since 2011.
“Little Manitou is a closed lake, so there’s no natural outlet there that drains anywhere, and it’s salt water,” Boyle said. “So that’s a compounding factor, but from our end, it just depends on what kind of the weather pattern we see here going forward.”
Boyle adds that a dike that was raised about 2.5 kilometres two years ago is what is preventing the shoreline from being underwater.
The ‘Save Danceland’ committee is hosting a fundraising gala this Saturday which will feature music by Blake Berglund along with a banquet.
This is the third gala that Danceland has hosted in their efforts to raise funds for building repairs.