Town of Canmore

Quarry Lake Park Enhancements

Quarry Lake Park is a valued community amenity that has seen it's use change over the past decade. This project has identified concept designs for a number of locations in the park, enhancing them to serve the usage that it is seeing today. The project utilized background information collected from the community in 2014 and subsequent planning information from that work.

September 1, 2020:The Provincial Government has released details on the Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP) aimed at getting Albertans back to work following the pandemic closures and to support economic recovery. The amount of funding Canmore is eligible to receive is $1,663,216, and is allocated on a per-capita basis. Municipalities will lose access to any portion of their allocation that is not committed to an accepted project submitted as of October 1, 2020. Funds must be spent by end of 2021.

The funding must meet the following criteria:

  1. Eligibility is limited to projects that would not go forward in either 2020 or 2021 in the absence of support through the stimulus program.
  2. Construction of projects must begin in calendar year 2020 or 2021.
  3. Projects must not create new operational funding requirements for the province or lead to increased municipal taxes through a municipal contribution to the construction of the project or through increased operating costs.
  4. Projects previously approved for MSI or GTF funding are not eligible.

On September 1, 2020 council approved a new 2020 capital project entitled Quarry Lake Infrastructure Enhancements for $626,925 to be funded by the Municipal Stimulus Program, contingent on approval of the project by the Province for this program.

The project will focus on five main components:

  1. Two newly installed vault washrooms (4 stalls each and wheelchair accessible), one adjacent to the existing parking area and one installed in the south beach area.
  2. A formal access road to access and service the newly installed vault washrooms (crushed gravel trail mix), which would run along the east side of the popular wedding hill.
  3. Parking lot improvements to formalize efficient traffic flow and parking patterns, as well as to allow for future implementation of paid parking.
  4. A formalized jumping platform to be installed along the western side of the lake; providing a safe platform to enter and exit the lake and mitigate on-going erosion concerns due to the existing unofficial jumping area; and,
  5. An additional concrete pad installed in the south beach area for a large waste container(s).

Summary of Work to Date

  1. Council approved the updated Quarry Lake concept designs for planning purposes on May 5, 2020. To view a copy of the updated concept designs pdf click here (22.00 MB)
  2. The project is currently not funded. The Rocky Mountain Heritage Foundation who co-owns the park will be undertaking a fundraising campaign for this project
  3. Feedback on the proposed concept designs was collected from Sept. 30 - Oct. 18, 2019. A summary of what was heard can be downloaded pdf here (917 KB)

Approved Concept Designs

To view the final concept design package pdf click here (22.00 MB)

Background Information

2014 Survey

Here are the results from the 2014 survey.

Note: Many of the questions were open-ended and the summary data is being provided in a word cloud. The word cloud summarizes the words mentioned most in each question and does not fully summarize all answers coming from each question.

pdf Quarry Lake Survey - Q5 data (66 KB)
 

2016 Quarry Lake Concept Plan Report

In 2016 a concept plan was developed identifying 11 areas for potential enhancements. These enhancements range from signage, improved trails, additional amenities including beach areas and picnic tables to paving of the parking area. To view the full report pdf click here (16.38 MB) . There are no plans to move forward with the full range of concepts presented in this document. The Town is looking to develop concept designs that address key locations including: the parking lot, north and south beaches, the hill where weddings regularly occur and a few key trail linkages.

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