Rosedale camp­ground project moves for­ward, with a twist

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

The own­ers of the over­grown and derelict golf course in Rosedale is mov­ing for­ward on plans to de­velop a sea­sonal RV park on the lo­ca­tion, but not with­out meet­ing some op­po­si­tion from the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity.

RA Hamil­ton and As­so­ci­ates sent out the pro­posed plan last week and im­me­di­ately met with neg­a­tive feed­back from neigh­bours, who the de­vel­op­ers say may be mis­in­formed. They were largely op­posed to in­creased tourist and vis­i­tor traf­fic into their quiet com­mu­nity from a per­ma­nent mo­bile home park, even though it will be a sea­sonal camp­ground. RA Hamil­ton re­ceived 27 let­ters in op­po­si­tion to the project and a pe­ti­tion signed by a num­ber of neigh­bours.

“Con­sen­sus-wise I be­lieve they would want it to re­main as a park,” said owner No­rah Hamil­ton. “They wanted to keep it as a park, as we’ve al­ways let peo­ple have free ac­cess to it, but we’re look­ing to de­velop it again. They said they’d pre­fer some­thing sea­sonal, rather than some­thing year-round.”

The or­ga­ni­za­tion amended the de­sign and will have 64 lots for RV and tent camp­ing, as op­posed to the pre­vi­ous 87, as well as been ap­proved for re­lo­cat­ing the en­trance to the north side of the prop­erty where traf­fic al­ready flows to the Swing- ing Bridge. But the camp­ground will have a unique twist that de­vel­op­ers hope will spur greater in­ter­est and ce­ment a con­nec­tion with the com­mu­nity.

RA Hamil­ton plans to struc­ture the park as a multi-stake hy­brid co­op­er­a­tive with sev­eral mem­ber­ship lev­els that would al­low res­i­dents and em­ploy­ees to own a piece of the project in ad­di­tion to re­ceiv­ing an ROI. Hamil­ton said sev­eral lo­cal trades­men and prac­ti­tion­ers have ex­pressed in­ter­est in pro­vid­ing sweat eq­uity into both the con­struc­tion of the in­fra­struc­ture and be­ing in­volved in teach­ing of classes on top­ics as var­i­ous as butcher­ing, bee­keep­ing, hunt­ing, bio-diesel labs, and of­fer­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in var­i­ous pro­fes­sions and hob­bies. Lo­cals can pur­chase mem­ber­ships and be­come fi­nan­cial stake- hold­ers in the op­er­a­tion.

“It’s the things we want to do in our re­tire­ment, and we’re hop­ing those who are also re­tir­ing in the com­mu­nity will go to the classes and maybe teach classes, too,” said Hamil­ton.

The co­op­er­a­tive idea comes af­ter op­po­si­tion to a year-round mo­bile home park, which door-to-door con­ver­sa­tion Hamil­ton and her hus­band had con­ducted in the neigh­bour­hood showed strong op­po­si­tion due to in­creased year-round traf­fic into the area. She says that would be the most ob­vi­ous op­tion for them be­cause it is the big­gest rev­enue gen­er­a­tor and would not re­quire a mu­nic­i­pal land use des­ig­na­tion change, but they want to do some­thing dif­fer­ent for the com­mu­nity.

“We want to en­hance the com­mu­nity, not de­te­ri­o­rate the com­mu­nity,” said Hamil­ton. “When em­ploy­ees own the com­pany it has a much higher prob­a­bil­ity of suc­cess. The neigh­bours can own a piece of this project.”

They in­tend to in­vest close to $1.75 mil­lion into the camp­ground/tourism/ ed­u­ca­tional mash up on ten acres of land in Rosedale that RA Hamil­ton had been sit­ting on for ten years.


The own­ers of the for­mer golf course in Rosedale are mov­ing for­ward on plans to de­velop the 10 acres of land into a sea­son RV park, with an ed­u­ca­tional and co­op­er­a­tive twist to spur the in­ter­est of lo­cals.

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