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Mount Baker RV Park

Cranbrook, B.C., is still seeking proposals for the site of the Mount Baker RV Park.

Cranbrook, B.C., is still seeking feedback on the future of the Mount Baker RV Park, as the April 15 deadline looms, according to the Cranbrook Daily Townsman.

Specifically, staff and elected officials are soliciting Expressions of Interest, a formal proposal for the future use of the space, which is not being used as a campground this year due to a number of factors.

Since the news was first announced earlier this month, the public response through formal Expressions of Interest has been less than anticipated.

“Since we opened this process to the public on March 11, the response has been less than anticipated,” explained Ron Fraser, director of engineering and development services. “We know the future of the campground is a big topic of discussion in the community with lots of ideas and debate happening on social media, and it’s important that these ideas be formally submitted so that the council can consider them in deciding next steps for the space.”

Documentation for a formal Expression of Interest must be filled out and submitted to city hall, where proposals will be presented to city council for review and to decide next steps based on the best community benefit. Considerations for the future use of the RV campground will include values such as cultural, social, aesthetic or sustainability benefits, downtown vibrancy, job creation, financial or tax revenue.

The city council decided not to operate the campground this year, following the expiry of the current operating contract. The council’s decision also factored in the current operator’s intention to no longer operate the site.

The campground has significant underground infrastructure issues that require major repairs and replacement, including water, sewer, electrical, washrooms and updated site configurations.

Those costs are estimated to come in at $1.3 million to complete, while the city receives less than $30,000 annually in revenue from the campground while in operation.

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