County officials will be looking to see if its Recreational Use of Stormwater Ponds Policy is worth continuing or if they should expand other potential recreational programs during the winter months.
During a recent Committee of the Whole meeting, administration acknowledged challenges encountered during the pilot, including unexpected water on the surface of the ice, significant air temperature fluctuations through the season, the uncertain makeup of stormwater ponds, and ice thickness inconsistencies, especially around pond inlets and outlets.
Reeve Leanne Beaupre says she believes there are some challenges with liability so council sent administration away to come back with some viable options.
“We want to make sure we provide a level of service for those who were part of the pilot project, whether it is to have the project forward into the next year, or we provide them an option in the same area,” she adds.
Beaupre says if the storm pond project doesn’t move forward into a second year, they have several other options for additional winter recreation opportunities.
“We have outdoor skating rink programs already, communities can apply for some funding in their area and there may be an option to expand that to have a little more money involved,” she says.
“But, the community groups have really stepped up and have provided that outdoor experience rather than have to go to an arena for ice skating.”
There is no word on when it will come back to council for further discussion.