A consultant’s report about the future of the Lakefield Marina will be presented to Selwyn Township council at a special meeting Tuesday, providing an update on its findings so far.
It offers insight into the state of the marina’s infrastructure, and results of community engagement studies which occurred through questionnaires, and discussions with staff, council and community groups.
The Lakefield Marina Utilization Study was set up earlier this year to review alternative service delivery options for the marina’s retail operations, review the number, mix and pricing of seasonal versus transient boat slips and engage with senior levels of government and other agencies along the waterway to determine whether additional docking opportunities can be secured through their lands.
The marina is situated along the Otonabee River at the mouth of Katchewanooka Lake and is owned and operated by the township, providing boaters with access to the river and Trent-Severn Waterway.
It currently accommodates between 39 and 42 boats at any given time, depending on their size. There are 25 slips rented to seasonal boaters who book for the entire marina operating season, while the remaining slips are allocated to transient renters.
The marina administration building was built in the mid-1990s and appears to be in good condition, the study found.
The township parks and recreation advisory committee and trails committee met with the consultants in May and told the consultant the marina creates a destination in Lakefield, with boaters, trail users, residents and tourists all using it and purchasing goods, boosting the local economy.
A comment was also made that the marina could improve its access for non-motorized watercraft as there is no current launching infrastructure for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards.
The township’s economic development and business committee also met with the consultant noting it would be an ideal time to remodel the marina as most of the finger docks are near the end of their life and investment in the marina is needed.
Ideas for increasing the economic impact included expanding food services, incorporating boat rentals and having a water taxi service.
Comments were made regarding providing fuel services and the impact they might have, but the lake is in the intake protection zone for the Lakefield Water Treatment Plan and fuel services are prohibited there.
No recommendations are being offered in the research report at this time. The consultant will present a draft study to council in August followed by a public review and commenting period, with a presentation of a final study in September.
Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at email@example.com.
Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner