Staging area added to Argentia Beach trail project

The Argentia Beach Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Society has requested the County of Wetaskiwin provide...

The Argentia Beach Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Society has requested the County of Wetaskiwin provide a portion of the funding needed to create an additional trail system, which would create a loop in the Trans Canada Trail for residents to walk.

The project budget comes in at $114,375 and the County of Wetaskiwin was requested to provide $26,684. Argentia Beach Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Society is providing $375 and there is confirmed additional funding of $114,000.

Coun. Terry Van de Kraats says it is a good project that should be supported but after Coun. Larry McKeever made a comment on the lack of funds coming from Argentia Van de Kraats added council is getting used to this coming from summer villages.

Council approved the request, barring its own addition to the project.

Councillors were concerned if the county helped pay for the project then the trail would need to be accessible for all county resident and not just those living in the Summer Village of Argentia Beach.

As a condition of its approval council wants a staging area built near the area for those who do not live near the trail.

McKeever did not want other residents or visitors to have to park elsewhere and walk down the Summer Village of Argentia Beach road to reach the trail. “They’re very protective of that road. They’ve got that nasty sign.”

Reeve Kathy Rooyakkers says the addition of the staging area may be agreed to but with an expectation of a larger contribution coming from the county.