In a response to SaultOnline, the Lions Club of Sault Ste. Marie has stated how it plans to deal with the closure of the campground.
“Once the park is accessible later in the spring, we will be working with the City to schedule appointments with campers to remove their RV’s/trailers, decks, gazebos and sheds from their sites at the park,” said Janet Gawne a representative of the Lions Club.
“We will also be making arrangements with the City on retrieving items that belong to the Lions Club from the Park. Not sure at this point how we will handle to disposition of those items. The City has indicated that they will work with us to deal with these issues.”
Gawne went on to explain how a situation involving money raised by campers for a new playground would be handled.
“There is one major donation of about $1,000.00. That donation will be returned as we can identify who made the donation. The remainder of the monies raised were done so through the park assistant manager. They ran a bake sale etc. and those funds are about $1,500.00,” said Gawne.
“There was nothing done to this point as the cost of playground equipment that would meet the City’s criteria would be in the range of $15,000.00 to $20,000.00. We are still weighing options as there are many factors to consider in making a fair and appropriate decision At this point we do not know how we are going to resolve this issue.”
The city chose to not renew their lease with the Lions Club, effectively closing the campground. This amid a surge in demand province wide for places to camp.
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