Private Group Leases Provincial Campground
The Prince Edward Island government signed a five-year lease agreement with the Belfast Community Development Corporation for the operation of the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park campground, CBC News reported.
The park is on the Northumberland Strait, east of Charlottetown. Tourism Minister Rob Henderson told CBC News the campground was losing between $55,000 and $76,000 a year. The lease is for $1 a year.
As part of the agreement, the Department of Tourism will provide a grant of $72,000 to help fund the addition of serviced campsites and for operational costs during the first year. The department will provide $11,000 toward operational costs in year two.
“I think the biggest issue is that it provides the opportunity for the local community to focus and emphasize on marketing and promoting that particular location,” said Henderson.
“As a department we tend to use all our parks, market them as one unit as such across the province. They can be a little more specific in targeting the marketing.”
The province has implemented similar leases at other provincial park campgrounds over the years, most recently at Green Park in Port Hill.
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