At the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, in addition to the discussion on the East Pier, Dean Hustwick, Director of Community Services also asked Council to give direction on what should be done with the Trailer Park – now called the Campground. As with the East Pier, Councillor Emily Chorley made a motion to start discussion – see below. Mayor Henderson wondered if the proposal was too narrow and wanted to include the YMCA building (at Centennial Pool) which is nearing its end-of-life (2025). He also thought that there are too few washrooms overall in the area and wanted an overall plan to be created. In addition, the campground office building could perhaps house public washrooms. Dean Hustwick agreed that other options can be looked at.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee had the following comments on the issue:
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee has observed that the public will seems to be to retain the campground, that service upgrades are a necessary cost and should be adopted but cosmetic upgrades such as the interface improvements require more in depth study before a thoughtful recommendation can be made by this Committee.
In response to a question from Mayor Henderson, Emily explained that the “interface” referred to the recommendation in the Waterfront plan which suggested that a barrier (in effect) be put between the trailers and the beach as shown in the picture above right. Since 1) the cost would be about $400K, 2) high water means there is now less beach available and 3) there seemed to be little public support for the idea, Emily left it off her motion.
Her motion included the following:
THAT Council instruct staff to procure engineering and other professional services to develop drawings, costs and tender documents for the following:
- Essential Campground improvements:
- Service upgrades (water, sanitary and electrical);
- Service building upgrades and potential new joint service buildings; (modified from original)
- Registration system upgrades;
- Increase rates and revise policies;
- Review/improve the configuration of campground sites;
- Optional Campground improvements (to be costed separately):
- General landscape improvements;
- Extend/expand the use of the campground (for greater all-season use);
- Provide multi-use trail connection around campground perimeter;
The motion also included direction on funding and that “the procured drawings/costings of the Campground improvements be presented to Council for approval by September 2020 prior to issuing RFPs/tendering”. So construction would start in 2021.
The motion passed.