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Camrose Community Environmental Project Grand Opening

Posted July 20, 2010 by LSC

From the July 19, 2010 Issue of Agri-News

When a local gravel pit is ready to be reclaimed, there are a couple of things that can be done with it – turning it into a 37-acre park and conservation reserve is what Camrose County decided to do.

In 2009, work began on the reclamation and redevelopment of the Blatz Gravel Pit, and on July 31, 2010, the project will wrap-up with the grand opening of the Camrose County Nature Conservation Centre.

Camrose County owns and operates five gravel pits located in the south portion of the County. Each year the county crushes an average of 100,000 – 130,000 tonnes of road surfacing gravel as required. This redevelopment project, like so many other projects in the county, looks to the future by making every effort to ensure that once resources are used, the space is redeveloped for the benefit of the people who live in Camrose and area and for visitors.

The conservation centre consists of several nature trails, with pedestrian bridges placed to give variety to a walk around the lake. The area isn’t just for hikers. Several features have been included in the design, such as a viewing deck, a gazebo, ample parking, washrooms and even a dock for scuba divers, to ensure that the park appeals to everyone.

Camrose County extends an open invitation for Albertans to come and join the county as they official open the Camrose County Nature Conservation Centre on July 31, 2010. The official ribbon cutting will take place at 12:30 p.m., followed by a beef on a bun lunch. The day will be a chance to be part of a very special day in Alberta’s history.

To view photos of the Blatz gravel pit as it was and as it looks now, visit the Camrose County website.

For more information, contact Steve Gerlitz, County Administrator, at 780–672-4446.

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