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New grant allows county to replace two campground golf carts

Electric golf carts are zooming into two Grande Prairie campgrounds through a $7,000 grant from the Alberta Government to the County.

Hommy and Pipestone Creek Campgrounds have officially replaced two older gasoline-powered carts that reached the end of their life cycle in 2023. According to the County, the full cost of replacing both carts was $37,602.

The change comes as the County continues efforts to contribute to a quieter, healthier environment and County Director of Parks and Recreation Christine Rawlines says the conversation around electric equipment continues to be a top priority for the County.

“Any time we can incorporate new fleet equipment that will also have reduced impact on the environment, especially in our parks and recreation and greenspaces, it provides a win-win for the environment and also for our park operations,” she says.

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“Every time we replace fleet equipment like recently the Zamboni at the Crosslink County Sportsplex, we look at the electric option.”

Rawlines adds that the choice to go electric also reduces noise pollution significantly, leading to quieter outdoor spaces and a more enjoyable parks experience for campers.

“Electric golf carts are so much quieter so we want to be respectful of the fact that people are out in the campground seeking downtime and quiet time with their families.”

Additionally, the County says the replacement of two more carts has been approved by council, forecasted to be operational by the 2024 camping season.

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