In 2018, Council approved a Waterfront Study that included recommended upgrades to the Trailer Park – now called the Campground. The approved 2022 budget includes $50K for this study; the estimated cost of doing the work in 2023 is $750K. The justification given in the RFP is that: “This design plan is necessary to update failing aged infrastructure and transform the campground back into (an) asset that can provide the requirements of current guests while continuing to remain a viable tourism destination and economic engine to the municipality.” The RFP says that: “The campground currently consists of 43 trailer sites with Hydro, Water and Sewer, 28 trailer sites with Hydro and Water and 5 unserved tent sites.” The Request for Proposal (RFP) now issued requires the provision of engineering and landscape design related services.
Details of Work
The RFP document (available in Links below) spells out what is planned. Here is the summary in the RFP:
The Waterfront Plan outlines several improvements to revitalize the Campground for the future, including redesign the facility to:
- Improve attractiveness, functionality and privacy of sites while maximizing revenue potential
- Accommodate pedestrian and bicycle flow around or through the facility while protecting camper privacy and safety (proposed “buffer” area on south end of Campground as outlined in the Waterfront Plan is not within the scope of this project [and will not be implemented])
- Accommodate vehicles waiting to check-in inside the campground rather than on Division Street, which creates traffic problems
- Upgrade the facility’s water, sanitary and electricity services, including to each campsite, as well as the potential upgrade and relocation of the on-site sanitary disposal station
- Consider options for expanding the year-round use of the Campground through the potential introduction of yurts or single room cottages for short-term rentals and seasonal special events
- New AODA Compliant administration/washroom/laundry (service) facility
- General landscape improvements including site restoration to improve grading and drainage
- Protection of view corridors to the Lake from adjacent properties
The consultant will be asked to provide cost estimates and it’s quite possible that the $750K will be revised upwards. See the link below (East Pier and Campground Report) for the original cost breakdown.
A public “consultation” is required to be complete by July 2022 and it will perhaps be another online survey.
The proposed schedule is:
RFP Close Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022
RFP Award: April 24, 2022
Construction Tender Date: September 2022
Construction: Winter 2023
All dates and actually implementing depend on Council approval – including approval of the 2023 budget which will be complicated because of the October Election. The implementation work will be done during the term of a new council – so this could become an election issue. Suggesting new rates for campground users is not included in the work.
Cobourg News Blog Reports and Downloads
- Download RFP Document
- Waterfront Study – pdf Download (2018)
- East Pier and Campground Report – 29 June 2019
- Waterfront Study Finally accepted by Council – 5 July 2018