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SOS 1000 Islands Chapter Officially Open Second Dive Steps in Centeen Park on Saturday – VIDEO

SOS 1000 Islands Chapter Officially Open Second Dive Steps in Centeen Park on Saturday – VIDEO

Brockville – Save Ontario Shipwrecks (SOS) 1000 Islands Chapter officially opened the new second set of steps into the river at Centeen Park on Saturday.

The steps were dedicated to the late Dave Cooper co-founder of Abucs ScubA who was one of the pioneers of the local recreational diving industry. He tragically lost his life on August 7, 2000 while pursuing his passion, diving in the Brockville Narrows.

His wife, Heleen Cooper, owner of Dive Brockville Adventure Centre and Abucs ScubA Charters and daughter, Emily cut the ribbon on Saturday to open the second set of steps to the river.

Funds for the new stairs were made possible by all of the donations to the Dave Cooper Memorial Fund and the dedicated volunteers of the SOS Thousand Islands Chapter. Helen Cooper began fundraising for the memorial fund shortly after her husband’s death and, over the years, grew it to $13,500.

The local SOS chapter also added two more sculptures to the underwater sculpture park on Saturday morning. This brings the total of scuptures and structures to 27.

The S.O.S. chapter created the sculpture park in 2014 to lure divers and divert them from the area’s many shipwrecks, prolonging the life of those wrecks as underwater attractions.

The new sculptures, created by local artist Dave Sheridan, are a figure of a woman sitting and a bust of a hockey player who, initially, was to be hoisting the Stanley Cup, but the cup was missing from the arms.

As well many local divers took to the water off of Hardy Park for their annual shoreline cleanup. Twenty-Two volunteers came out for the cleanup, pulling out of the river bicycles, pails, shoes, rollerblades and a large volume of plastic.

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