The County of Grande Prairie is looking to build an Outdoor Recreation Area south of the Dunes Recreational Area. Parks and Recreation Manager Christine Rawlins explains that the plot of land is located north of the Wapiti River.
“East of Highway 40, south of the power line, and west of the Aquatera access road. We were going to have some maps that we were going to show at the open house to give people a good visual of what we are talking about.”
Rawlins explains that they would phase in the low-impact multigenerational area over ten years.
“It could be a day area with picnic areas and firepits. It could be a playground with an outdoor classroom or amphitheatre. There could be a viewpoint, toboggan hill, or off-leash dog park. There are a number of pre-approved activities that have come from the province that could be assigned to the first phase that we develop.”
There would be no hunting or motorized off-road vehicles allowed. She says because of the size, it will be a multi-million-dollar project.
After receiving the go-ahead from the Aboriginal Consultation Office, public input is the next step. An open house is being held on November 2nd at the ENTREC Centre in Evergreen Park. There will be maps, tables with information, and a slideshow presentation during the event.
If the county gets approval from the province and receives the recreation lease, an implementation plan will be made. Rawlins says there are hopes for some ground-work to be started in late 2018.
Map via Google Maps, area north of the Wapiti River and east of Highway 40