News County campgrounds open May 15 SHARE ON: Emma Mason, contributor, Tuesday, May. 14th, 2019 County campsites open May 15th (Emma Mason) In preparation for the upcoming long weekend, the County of Grande Prairie will officially unlock the gates on its eight campgrounds on May 15th. Even though sites don’t officially open until Wednesday, Parks and Recreation Manager Christine Rawlins says some are already booked up. “We are at full occupancy at Pipestone Creek this weekend. There is still availability to book individual or group sites at our other campgrounds [like] Hommy, Bear Lake and Kleskun.” The county has made some improvements to its campgrounds over the winter months including adding more powered sites at Pipestone Creek. This summer, it plans to add new showers and improved washrooms at Bear Lake Campground as well as do some general upgrades at the Kleskun Hill, Hommy and Old Bezanson Townsite campgrounds. Campers are reminded that both the county and the Grande Prairie forest area are under a fire advisory. Alberta Wildfire says fires are still allowed in campgrounds (within fire rings), backyards, or random camping areas if people have a valid permit. County Regional Enforcement Services will be out at County campgrounds, parks and green spaces over the long weekend to ensure visitors enjoy a safe May Long Weekend.