Knee­hill County pur­chases Horse­shoe Canyon

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie

Knee­hill County an­nounced the pur­chase of Horse­hoe Canyon on Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter pur­chas­ing the tourist land­mark in early July.

Coun­cil moved for­ward on pur­chas­ing the pri­vately owned area icon at their May 10 coun­cil meet­ing for an undis­closed amount.

"Horse­hoe Canyon is a gem in our prairie pro­file," said Reeve Bob Long.

"It's an im­por­tant at­trac­tion to main­tain for our many vis­i­tors and res­i­dents to en­joy."

Horse­shoe County Agri­cul­ture and Parks Depart­ment will work on devel­op­ing a long term plan to present to coun- cil, in­clud­ing re­cre­ation ar­eas, hik­ing trails, and other de­vel­op­ments in or­der to pro­mote long-term eco­nomic growth, a press re­lease said.

The Hore­shoe Canyon park­ing area was orig­i­nally un­der Knee­hill County con­trol through a long-term lease un­til the man­age­ment of the prop­erty was turned over to Al­berta Parks and Re­cre­ation in 1986.

When the prov­ince made plans to pri­va­tize or close the park­ing lot area in 1998, Knee­hill County en­tered into a part­ner­ship with the Town of Drumheller to fur­ther pro­mote tourism in the re­gion.

On Septem­ber 6, 2002, the Horse­shoe Canyon Con­ser­va­tion Area was opened by the Na­ture Con­ser­vancy of Canada, the coun­try's largest na­tional land con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Knee­hill County re-as­sumed own­er­ship of the park­ing lot of the tourism stop in 2008, and pave­ment and bath­rooms were added to up­grade the area.

"With the full quar­ter now un­der own­er­ship and op­er­a­tion of Knee­hill County, we will be able to de­velop the re­cre­ation area while work­ing with our neigh­bours, the Al­berta Na­ture Con­ser­va­tory to the west of the park­ing area," said county com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager De­bra Gros­field in a press re­lease.

Horse­shoe Canyon is lo­cated in the south­east part of Knee­hill County.

Knee­hill County an­nounced Tues­day the pur­chase of Horse­shoe Canyon, be­com­ing the sole op­er­a­tors of the pop­u­lar tourism stop. sub­mit­ted

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