Town look­ing at im­prove­ments to Newcastle beach

The Drumheller Mail - - News - Pa­trick Ko­lafa mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Town of Drumheller is look­ing at tak­ing steps to im­prove Newcastle Beach, in the short term and in the fu­ture as part of its flood mit­i­ga­tion plan.

In the short term, the town will be ro­totill­ing part of the beach area within the con­straints of Al­berta En­vi­ron­ment to make the beach more suitable for users. In the long term, they are look­ing at more devel­op­ment in the area.

“In the long term plans as part of our flood mit­i­ga­tion is to ac­tu­ally de­velop some plazas along the river, where you will have per­ma­nent bet­ter fea­tures,” said CAO Dar­ryl Dro­homer­ski.

This could in­clude a per­ma­nent boat launch away from the re­cre­ation area of the beach, trails, pic­nic ar­eas, and fire pits.

“We are in dis­cus­sion with the Kins­men be­cause they are in­ter­ested in mak­ing that a project,” he said. “We have talked loosely about what kind of things we could do that would pro­tect the area,” he said.

The town has made to the area im­prove­ments this year in­clud­ing ex­tend­ing one of the ball di­a­monds mak­ing it suitable for more lev­els of teams to use and have also added a new dog park.

“For this sum­mer it is go­ing to be to do the same thing we have the last few years and This week the town is plan­ning on clean­ing up Newcastle Beach and are work­ing on a long term plan for im­prove­ments to the area that fit in with its Flood Mit­i­ga­tion and Adap­ta­tion plan. clean it up, blade it and then wait un­til we have a good com­pre­hen­sive plan about what we are do­ing with the flood mit­i­ga­tion in that part of the com­mu­nity,” said Dro­homer­ski.

“It is part of the over­all part of the plan for flood mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion in the val­ley. It is around try­ing to not just pro­tect peo­ple but also how do we pro­vide more recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

“Our project was ap­proved in part be­cause it is flood mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion. It is not just sim­ply say­ing we are go­ing to build a cou­ple of dykes, but we have to un­der­stand we are look­ing at 50 years down the road, and we did that as part of our sub­mis­sion. What is ex­pected to be the weather pat­terns and build a dyk­ing and pro­tec­tion sys­tem that is built for the fu­ture. If you are build­ing it based on the flows you are ex­pect­ing to­day, you lost.”

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