Lacombe County is not going to spend any more money to investigate the possibility of a boat launch on Gull Lake until council decides another one is needed. Red Deer Advocate file photo

Gull Lake boat launch on hold

Lacombe County shelving proposed Anderson Park boat launch until demand increases

Plans for a new boat launch on Gull Lake have been shelved by Lacombe County.

Interest in building the facility at Anderson Park is a topic that has bobbed to the surface a number of times in recent years.

The idea previously got as far as the creation of a study outlining preliminary concepts, projected costs and the regulatory steps required.

A report presented to council in June 2017 estimated a basic boat launch would cost about $1.4 million. The price tag rose sharply if inland marinas were added. A boat launch and 90-slip marina was pegged at $9 million.

Council did not take the project any further but the county has continued to get calls from people asking when the boat launch will be built. Last August, council asked county staff to take another look at the project and estimate the cost of having detailed designs prepared.

Council got the numbers last week. It would cost about $40,000 to get a project ready to tender, on top of about $111,000 already spent on consulting work.

Building the double boat launch ramp, dredging a channel, building a breakwater, plus an access road, parking and washrooms, would cost about $2.3 million.

Lacombe recently passed a motion to stop any futher development work on the boat launch until council decides that another lake access is needed.

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