Gateway Gazette

It’s Taken Two Years, but….

By Pam Jones, Editor.

The Bob Lochhead Memorial Campground in Black Diamond is up and running again this year after the devastating 2013 Flood wiped it out completely.

Under the expert management of the Foothills Lions Club and site assistants, Stan and Diane, there are currently 27 sites available for campers. The plan is for the full 52 or 53 sites to be open by the end of this summer.

All of the sites are larger than before and they have 50 amp service now to accommodate the larger units.

With fourteen seasonal campers booked in for this summer there are still vacancies left for both RVs and tents and you can reserve your spot by calling 403-933-5785.

The contractor hired to work with the Lions Club did an amazing job of saving as many of the older trees as possible. James Lee, Chair of the Campground Committee for the Foothills Lions Club said, “We were very fortunate to have this help and we have already planted twenty-five new trees in the south end of the grounds and we still have more to go.”

James also said he hopes that this summer they will be able to update the office with the Boomtown motif and add a deck. Generally making the campground prettier overall.

I also spoke with Megan Aebig who is overseeing the flood mitigation program for the Town. Megan is very pleased with the overall progress stating that the $1 million grant received under the Disaster Recovery Program is all being applied to the infrastructure of the campground. This includes sanitary, water, roads, gravel pads and the electrical system.

Black Diamond Mayor, Sharlene Brown, had this to say about the campground, “The Bob Lochhead Memorial Campground is a great facility for our community. It assists with our local economic development, our tourism, the general look and feel of our community. I, like many others, am very much looking forward to the completion of the site –hopefully by summer end in 2015. The upgrades to the north end of the campground will include larger sites and upgrades to the electrical. These upgrades will allow larger units to be able to camp there, allowing the campground to have more flexibility in the spots which people camp at. Although as we speak right now the site looks like rocks and trucks – Council is expecting to see a great transformation as the construction progress.”

At completion this campground should certainly make the Top Ten list of places to camp in Alberta again.

THEN                          and                            NOW

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