We're gathering preliminary feedback on the feasibility of:
- Modifying a pedestrian gate at our fenceline to increase safe accessibility to the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant.
- Installing a wooden staircase or steps outside our fenceline to connect the pedestrian gate referenced above and the multi-use trail located south of the facility.
This project is being considered as it increases the safety of staff and community partners using this entrance to access the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant. Our records indicate that over the past couple of years we had the following number of visitors coming to site for tours of the facility:
- 2018 – 35 tours (643 people) and 4342 students through RiverWatch Alberta.
- 2019 – 43 tours (702 people) and 4040 students through RiverWatch Alberta.
The students that tour the facility through the
RiverWatch Alberta program get out of their rafts at the boat launch and walk on the paved multi-use pathway to the pedestrian gate mentioned above.
As shown on the image below, minimal undergrowth removal would be required to install the stairway. We would replace removed vegetation in alignment with the recommendations included in our
Vegetation Plan. The design of the stairway or steps would minimize impacts to existing terrain and ground conditions. Based on public feedback, if this project were to proceed it would be initiated in 2021.
Stairway location: looking towards the shared use pathway
Stairway location: looking towards the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant
Stairway design options
As shown below (design options A and B), we're currently assessing different design options for the proposed stairway.