New Brunswick Closes Campground
For the first time since 1955, the Oak Bay Provincial Park campground near St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada will not open.
The provincial Tourism Department which owns the site will not spend $300,000 to bring the campground's sewage system up to the standard demanded by the provincial environment department, according to the Telegraph-Journal, St. John, New Brunswick. The city is located on the U.S. border with Maine.
John 'Jake' Chambers and his wife Rhonda, whose five-year lease to operate the campground expired Dec. 31, would have invested the money had the province been willing to sell them the property, Jake Chambers said.
The province did not want to sell at the price the Chambers offered, so the park will close.
"It's indefinite. We're not prepared to invest the money in the park at this point," Alison Aiton, a spokesperson with the New Brunswick Tourism Department, said in Fredericton. "We're investing in the campgrounds we currently operate," Aiton added, but not ones like Oak Bay leased to private operators.