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Delta almost done

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

One of the excavators in action at Delta Beach over the last couple of weeks. (Submitted photo)

One of the excavators in action at Delta Beach over the last couple of weeks. (Submitted photo)

With summer right around the corner, a significant amount of work has been completed at the campground to help make Delta Beach ready for campers and day-trippers July 1.

“We’re actually quite pleased the way it’s coming together,” says Deputy-Reeve, Roy Tufford. “There isn’t a lot of work that needs to be done before it can be usable. It won’t be beautiful for some time now but it will be usable.”

It's been a busy few weeks for crews as individual holding tanks for the seasonal lots were being installed, with trimming of intake columns to be done after final landscaping is complete. The tanks for the main washroom and dump lane have also been installed.

Some final electrical work at the old washroom and a line to the Registration Building location are left and are planned to be complete by mid-June. Some corrective work is being done to water taps so they are at every serviced site post. Washrooms are serviced with some final details left to do before they are declared complete. Everything will be open to the public once the campground is opened.

Fencing at the campground is in progress as some posts require machinery for install due to rock below the surface, and gates will be installed at the entrances afterwards. New garbage and recycling bins, along with the registration building, are to arrive shortly. The recently laid grass is filling in nicely and seeding will be done this week to fill in select spots.

Trees are to be donated by Jeffries Nursery and will be planted shortly, but the RM can’t rely on Jeffries’ workers to do all the planting.

“Jeffries Nurseries has donated a huge number of trees and they’re prepared to come out with a load and show us how to (plant),” says Tufford. “They’re probably all container trees so we have to use a skid steer with a hole auger to dig two or three-foot wide holes to put them in and follow a layout plan. I’ll take a lot of work and of course, we need volunteers to help.” 

The restoration work to the sinkholes left by the geotubes has been completed by Lakefront Restorers, but there are still some rough spots Tufford is hoping will eventually smooth out.

“Some of the areas are so spongey that even with their high floatation equipment they couldn’t get it as pretty as we maybe would like it to be,” says Tufford.  “They’ve done a lot of work and hopefully they can get back in and touch up some areas or a big storm comes along to touch it up. Some people are complaining that it is still rough, and I walked it myself, and there are some areas that aren’t the prettiest.”

The RM’s assistant public works supervisor, utility supervisor, backhoe operator and excavator have all been on site over the last few weeks to do the majority of the finishing work and beautify the site. 

A soft grand opening is planned later this month.

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