New campground in plans, but no money for it
Big plans are one thing and the big money to do them is another. That seems to be the perpetual dilemma facing the folks who manage Alberta’s provincial parks. At least it is for Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park (LSLPP).
The planners have some pretty impressive and elaborate ideas for improving the amenities at the region’s ‘flagship’ park. As they’ve presented them more than once to town and M.D. councils, the plans include a fair-sized new full-service campground (near the golf course) and an expanded trail system.
It’s a no-brainer that LSLPP could handle many more camping spaces. The idea of expanding the existing campground at Marten River has been looked into, but given ‘historical resources’ issues, that has been abandoned. The plan more recently, says regional Parks supervisor Calvin McLeod, is to do a major campground addition south of the golf course.
“It would cost $10 million if not more,” he says. “A large project and no money available at this time.”
Upgrades continue, however, at a more modest pace. This year will see changes to the displays at the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation and a new shower house at the Marten River Campground. Those alone are running over a million dollars, McLeod says.
Construction of the shower facility, by the way, should not affect anyone who needs a shower this summer; the old shower house will continue in use while the new one is being built.
In other park news, McLeod says efforts to “improve our relationship with the town and M.D. on beach maintenance,” will continue.
As for the two-year-old experiment in turning the Devonshire Beach parking lot into a campground, McLeod says it has gotten some use and seems to be “getting a bit more popular.”