Boat launch plan stirs concern

Another municipality has expressed concerns about a Red Deer County proposal to close a makeshift boat launch point on Sylvan Lake. Town of Sylvan Lake Mayor Susan Samson said she has some problems with the county’s proposal to a close a portion of Range Road 21 close to the lake to vehicles. The county is looking at the move because of parking and garbage problems and a lack of washroom facilities near the launch site.

Another municipality has expressed concerns about a Red Deer County proposal to close a makeshift boat launch point on Sylvan Lake.

Town of Sylvan Lake Mayor Susan Samson said she has some problems with the county’s proposal to a close a portion of Range Road 21 close to the lake to vehicles. The county is looking at the move because of parking and garbage problems and a lack of washroom facilities near the launch site.

Samson fears closing that access point will just move the problem elsewhere.

“One of the problems is there are lots of open range roads and there are lots of people using them, and when you close one it just pushes that problem on to other range roads.

“We haven’t look at that yet. We haven’t looked at what that impact is going to be.”

Eliminating an access point could complicate rescue operations in an emergency as well, she said.

More work should be done to determine what impact the closure would have on the lake.

Lacombe County has also raised similar concerns and Reeve Ken Wigmore plans to attend a public hearing on the road closure on March 5 at Red Deer County Centre.

Samson said she will also be there.

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