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RM hopes Delta is operational come spring

By Brian Oliver, The Graphic

The recently erected play structure at Delta Beach is just one of a number of improvements being made to the area. (photo courtesy delta beach association)

The recently erected play structure at Delta Beach is just one of a number of improvements being made to the area. (photo courtesy delta beach association)

Crews are working feverishly to complete the renovations currently taking place at Delta Beach to have the facility operational come spring time.

Work began earlier this year on a multi-million dollar project to return the beach to its former glory before it, along with the surrounding area, was decimated by floods in 2011 and 2014. Several camping spots – 49 in total, each equipped with electrical outlets – along with a play structure, improvements made to roadways, bathroom facilities along with major clean up efforts is just some of the work that is being done.

“By and large things are coming along pretty good, there is still work to be done but we really hope to be operational in the spring,” says Coun. Larry Gibbs. “If you take a drive out there (now), and you were here (for the floods), it’s really impressive. Things are cleaned up, the dead trees are gone, everybody’s cleaned up their lots and properties. There’s been a lot of major work done and a lot of improvements all the way along the public beach.”

The province’s Disaster Financial Assistance provided $730,000 to the operation, the RM kicked in $600 K through reserves and an additional $121,000 in grant money was used to fund the project. More work is required, like completing the bathroom facilities along with plumbing and electrical work, which is expected to require additional funds come 2018.

Naming rights are available for a variety of different amenities including the registration building, tool shed, playground and both east and west washroom facilities. Benches and picnic tables are also available as memorials. The application deadline for sponsorship is Oct. 31 and forms are available at RM office or rmofportage.ca.

boliver@postmedia.com



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