Update from Kevin McLean, president of Foothills Nordic Ski Club:
“This report by CBC may not be entirely accurate. Rick Lundy has reached out to Foothills to clear up some mistakes in the report: Rick is not a resident of the Triwood community. Rick has not expressed any opinion for or against the Foothills proposal. As the Executive Director for the Triwood Community Association, Rick would never express a personal opinion on a matter such as this.”
I’ve contacted CBC to see if we can get some clarification. -Bob
The following is a word-for-word story from this morning’s CBC Eyeopener.
The Foothills Nordic Ski Club hopes to fire up its new snow-making machine at Confederation Park golf course as soon as the weather — and city officials — allow for it, but not everyone is happy about the idea.
The initiative is one of the first in Canada to be undertaken and some area residents are worried about bright lights, increased traffic and noise.
“There will be increased traffic for sure, parking issues, we have parking issues in this area already so we want to make sure that the residents don’t have additional parking issues because of this,” said area resident Rick Lundy.
“There’s a lot of excitement for sure,” said Kevin McLean, Foothills Nordic Ski Club president.
“We have interest from many different potential users, boy scouts, board of education, outdoor program centres, there’s a lot of people that want to ski and they see this as a great solution.”
The plan was prompted by the recent closure of trails at Canada Olympic Park. The Nordic club has been working with the City of Calgary to bring the snow-making machine to Confederation Park.
Mclean tried to assuage fears, saying they are hoping to use the golf course lot for parking.
“It’s a lot less noisy than people think,” he said, noting the club must adhere to the same noise bylaws as all Calgarians.
“We’ll most likely limit the snow- making to the hours of 7 [a.m.] till 10 [p.m.] which is the normal hours when you are allowed to make a bit of noise. Unfortunately, there’s a fair bit of misinformation out there and really all those concerns have been addressed, but I’m not sure they’ve heard that.”
The club hopes to get the machine up and running by the end of November.
Greg Steinraths, with the city’s recreation department says their breaking new ground with this initiative.
“This whole approach to snow-making on a golf course, from our understanding, hasn’t been undertaken yet so we’re going to look at piloting, what’s the lessons learned, what can you do to protect that asset but also get more people out, and really start to share that on a national level.”
But the city says it still needs to see a finalized plan, and address any community concerns before granting an approval.