DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek will host a public meeting about the future of Rotary Lake later this month.
The public meeting will be held on May 28 at the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts starting at 7 p.m. The man-made lake at the Mile 0 Park in Dawson Creek has been closed since the death of a 12-year-old girl in 2016.
Northern Health order that the lake be closed after the girl’s foot became stuck on a drain at the bottom of the lake. Northern Health has said Rotary Lake’s designation should be changed to that of a pool, meaning it would have to follow much more stringent requirements.
In January, Dawson Creek City Council received a report from staff that said it would cost anywhere from $400,000 to $500,000 to convert the lake into a pool, plus the annual cost of operating that could run over $200,000.
In a post on Facebook in January, Mayor Dale Bumstead said that council decided to table the motion for consideration at a future date. He explained that the reason the resolution was made is that the City cannot afford up to half a million dollars in upgrades and up to $200,000 in annual costs to operate another pool.
The City will make a presentation during the public meeting about the current status of the lake and will take feedback from the public on what to do next with the facility.
For more about the public meeting, click here and join the event on Facebook.