Canadian RV Parking Plan/Park in Neutral
An idea to encourage recreational vehicle drivers to set up at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre parking lot in Bathurst, New Brunswick, hasn’t turned out as planned.
Last summer, Bathurst city councilor Hugh Comeau proposed to the council that tourists going through the city in RVs be allowed to rest their vehicles in the Irving Centre parking lot. The idea was to keep the tourists in the city instead of having them leave because they couldn’t find a spot to park their RV overnight, according to The Northern Light, Bathurst.
Comeau said this plan hasn’t worked to its full potential yet because a proper dumping station for the RVs has not been established at the Irving Centre.
He noted that the city is still working toward setting up a permanent RV park elsewhere in the city so investing in a dumping station at the civic centre might not be a wise decision.
“The problem is it’s going to cost us about $25,000 to put in the proper dumping station and that’s an awful amount of money to spend if we’re going to build an RV park,” he said.
However, working toward an RV park has not been easy either. In fact, Comeau said there hasn’t been much movement on the file.
“We’ve been working on the RV park now for a couple of years and I was hoping some movement could have happened by now but with the loss of Maris Freimanis, who was basically looking after the city’s point of view, and with the election, I haven’t really gotten into it other than made sure we sent another letter to the province.”
He was referring to the recent retirement of former city engineer Maris Freimanis and the May 12 provincial municipal election.
Comeau said both the provincial and federal governments need to give the OK for development for the RV park. He noted that because the property is near a waterway, environmental standards must be met and the government is still studying that issue among other requirements.
“We’re still waiting for them to give us the ‘all clear’ with respect to the environmental issues that we’re concerned about down there,” he said.
Comeau said once these development requirements are met, the city can hand the project over to a private developer. However, it doesn’t look like that will be a reality any time soon.