British Columbia Town Eyes RV Park at Dog Park
Can dog owners and RV’ers recreate in harmony?
The Sicamous, British Columbia, council seems to think so, and will once again explore the idea of establishing an RV park at the district dog park as part of their 2011 financial planning process, the Sicamous Eagle Valley News reported.
The town is located midway between Banff National Park and Vancouver.
In a report to the council, district administrator Alan Harris explains how during the year there were numerous enquiries made at the Houseboat Kiosk tourist information center about the availability of RV parks in the district. Harris says that council made it a priority for 2010 to look at developing an RV park either at the dog park or new the sewage treatment plant.
A preliminary design for the dog park comes with a price tag of $231,640. This cost would include serviced camping spots (water, sewer and power), as well as a sani-dump. Harris notes how currently there is nobody in the district offering sani-dump services over the winter months. Also, with regard to the dog park location, there are number of issues that would need to be clarified as the land is within the Agricultural Land Reserve and adjacent to the Eagle River.
Mayor Malcolm MacLeod said he was supportive of revisiting the RV park, noting it could be good for the community’s economy. Councillor Jerry Silva emphasized there were no plans to eliminate the dog park, that it would be a re-allocation of space.
“I know there was some flack from the people with dogs,” said MacLeod. “But I think we can work it out so we all can win there.”
In 2006 the council considered placing an RV park on a district-owned lot along Silver Sands Road. The plans were panned at an informal public meeting and subsequently shelved.