Mulhurst Bay revitalization project discussed Aug. 13

Three phase project includes price tag over $900,000

County of Wetaskiwin council heard a detailed committee report at their regular council meeting Aug. 13 on what should be done to revitalize Mulhurst Bay.

Director of Recreation and Leisure Geoff Lynch presented the Mulhurst Bay Revitalization Committee report to council, with the help of members of the committee.

“The Mulhurst Bay Revitalization Committee has drafted a “Mulhurst Bay Revitalization Proposal – 2019” to present to the County of Wetaskiwin No.10 Council,” stated Lynch in his memo to council.

“The following proposal is in its infancy, Council support, stakeholder and community consultation will be needed to move forward with the “Mulhurst Bay Revitalization Proposal – 2019.

“The Mulhurst Bay Revitalization committee proposed project falls in line with the goals set forth from the County of Wetaskiwin vision and mission created by Council for the execution of the organization’s day to day operations and future planning.

“The goal of the Mulhurst Bay Revitalization Committee is to revitalize the three main areas to a suitable standard that will enhance the community well-being but also attract business and visitors into the area, mentioned below are the three areas: A. Parking Availability B. Park Area C. Shoreline Area.”

Lynch stated the committee saw three phases in the project.

“The Mulhurst Bay Revitalization Committee would like to propose a three-phase plan to successfully revitalize the Mulhurst Bay Area,” stated the agenda memo.

“Phase 1 – Enhanced Parking: Enhancing and expanding the day use area parking lot to accommodate the traffic from the weekend boaters. Congested streets and safety of pedestrians are the major concern.

“Phase 2 – Revitalization of the Mulhurst Bay Park: This phase will look at the replacement of the following components as well as additions to enhance the park. 1. Replacement of existing playground structure. 2. Replacement of existing basketball court with a new multi court surface that accommodates additional sports such as; pickleball, soccer… 3. Installation of a self-circulating Splash Park. 4. Replacement of existing washroom facility to meet the needs of a splash park as well as the daily foot traffic associated with the boat launch 5. Drainage, groundwork will need to be done to eliminate the seasonal flooding that occurs.

“Phase 3 – Shoreline Enhancement: This phase will look to enhance the shoreline, rock wall and seating areas to create a focal point for the community.”

Lynch noted that the projects require funding. “This proposal has demonstrated the need, priority and consistency with the County of Wetaskiwin Vision and Mission statements,” stated the agenda memo.

“The Mulhurst Bay Revitalization committee will commit to a 50/50 fund-raising strategy that will involve in applying for Provincial, Federal grants as well as fund raising events to assist with the capital costs. The Mulhurst Bay Revitalization Committee is looking for commitment from the County of Wetaskiwin Council to allocate funds towards revitalizing the Mulhurst Bay Area.”

The memo noted the following estimated costs: Phase 1 Enhanced Parking: $22,000, Phase 2 – Revitalization of Mulhurst Bay Park: $821,917 and Phase 3 – Shoreline Enhancement: $140,800 for a total estimated cost of $984,717.

Lynch noted the committee has spent a lot of time working on the proposal which is a project that comes from the grassroots of the Mulhurst bay community and is in its infancy.

Councilor Lyle Seely said he felt the county should get involved. “I’m excited about it,” said Seely.

Councilor Kathy Rooyakkers agreed. “I too am glad they stepped up,” she said.

Councilor Ken Adair stated the upgrades are needed and the committee is very broad and represents the entire community.

Councilors accepted the presentation for information while noting the proposal will be discussed during strategic planning sessions.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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