You could say that granite is at Muskoka’s heart. It’s beneath our feet, in our towering cliffs, and we place it wherever beautiful features are needed.
And when it’s used to enhance a community project, it has even deeper meaning.
That’s why Jim Alexander, owner of Algonquin Natural Stone (ANS), recently donated stone to two local initiatives: the River Mill Park Rotary Bandshell and the patio at The Table Men’s Shelter.
“Our whole team was delighted and proud to have our stone selected by the architect. We all felt that we should give back to our community to say thank you for the awesome first three-and-a-half years of our existence,” said Jim. “However, our contributions, valued at $20,000 for the Bandshell and $2,500 for the Men’s Shelter, are minimal compared to the hours and money donated by Rotary members and those who help at The Table Soup Kitchen weekly to our community. A big THANK YOU to all of them. We are pleased we can contribute.”
The stone will grace both the front and back of the Bandshell. The project designer, Duncan Ross Architect, selected Algonquin Natural Stone’s elite black granite with white highlights, particularly for its deep black colour and sparkle, to use for Rotary’s engraved stone fundraising bricks on the back wall of the Bandshell. For the front façade, ANS’s grey stone – a lighter grey granite with salmon highlights – was used.
At the Men’s Shelter, smooth-sawn flag stone, deep black with salmon highlights, will welcome visitors to the building.
Algonquin Natural Stone has grown rapidly since its 2013 opening and now employs 16 full-time staff year round and three part-time, buys stone from two local quarries and owns a third. The company supplies a full range of building stone (full bed and thinstone), cut stone (fireplace hearths and mantels), and landscape stone (flag, steps and wall block) to custom builders, professional masons and landscape contractors in Huntsville, Bracebridge, Muskoka Lakes, Haliburton, and beyond.
The company was recently awarded a major contract to provide Muskoka granite for the Urban Park and Waterfront Trail at Ontario Place in Toronto.
Algonquin Natural Stone is locally owned and proud of their Muskoka roots and their ability to contribute to our community.
57 Madill Church Rd (Hwy 11 and Old Ferguson) | www.AlgonquinNaturalStone.com
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