County plans recreational amenities for Clairmont Lake over long term

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A plan to revitalize Clairmont Lake and realize recreational opportunities there received approval from County of Grande Prairie council in mid-December.

The $12.8 million Touching the Water Concept Plan will help guide long-term development around Clairmont Lake, according to county communications.

“This is potentially a long-term project looking at trails and recreation,” Stuart Wraight, county senior planner, told council during its Dec. 14 meeting.

According to information administration supplied to county council, the plan could perhaps be implemented over a 20-year period.

As the county envisions development in the area that can accommodate a population of 15,000, Touching the Water aims to allow the population to enjoy the lake, according to the plan.

Clairmont Heights is an area of 486 hectares (1,200 acres) on the north shore of the lake.

The plan states Clairmont Lake is currently underutilized, and suggests an aeration system could break down sludge on the lakebed and algae along the shores.

Also included in the concept is a $8.3 million 11.43-kilometre trail network, as well as boardwalks and a community garden.

The proposal, subject to approvals from Alberta Environment and Parks, could be implemented in 10 phases, beginning with the implementation of the aeration system.

“Funding has not been allocated for the project at this point,” said Nick Lapp, county planning director.

“The plan envisions an offsite levy system to be the primary source of funding, which the county will be working on creating in the new year.”

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News