City Lauds Non-Profit’s Campground
One of the greatest accomplishments of Cochrane, Alberta, is the success of the Bow RiversEdge Campground, a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round camping on the north side of the Bow River.
The joint venture between the Cochrane Rotary Club and the Cochrane Lions Club has developed a funding model that channels all profits back into the community through a capital reinvestment program, The Cochrane Times reported.
On April 19, one of the original 2001 founders of the project, Alex Baum, told members of Rocky View’s public service committee the group was ready to expand, and he asked them for a further four acres of land in order to install a water park, pathway enhancements, a family park and picnic area, and sports fields. Rocky View owns lands adjoining the campground.
Baum said the result would likely be a 30% increase in revenue which would in turn, continue to benefit the community.
Councillors were impressed that not only is the campground continuously full, $250,000 was handed out to community groups at the end of 2010.
Cochrane-area councillor Paul McLean called it “tremendous.”
“Your commitment to public service has been just outstanding,” he said. “You are very accurate with your predictions.”
The committee’s only hesitation in supporting the request was the location of a gravel pit west of the campground, and McLean in a motion to direct staff to work on including the four acres into the lease, also stipulated a timeline be determined for the reclamation of the gravel pit.