The RDEK Board of Directors supports a proposal seeking permission from the province to develop a rock climbing area near Lake St. Mary.
The application is for permission to build a 2.8 kilometer trail in a climbing area, as well as the construction of a pit toilet and parking lot adjacent to St. Mary Lake Road.
Marc Trudeau, who is petitioning the province on behalf of the EKCA, wrote that much of the trail will be built on a disused power line right-of-way for minimal ground disturbance, in order to access a steep rock .
“The objective of the land reference is to designate the area indicated as a bootleg climbing area with an access trail and a parking area, in order to protect and preserve this public recreational resource,” he said. written in a letter. âThe proposed recreation site, access trail and parking area are located entirely on Crown land. There is great potential for this area to be managed for value-added public recreation while increasing the values ââof public safety, environmental protection and the recreation experience.
Although the RDEK board of directors supported the proposal, the final decision to approve the request rests with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development. Additionally, the ministry can also dictate whether changes need to be made to the proposal, as an RDEK director noted that some residents of the St. Mary Lake area had concerns about the size of the parking lot, among other things.
Specifically, the proposal seeks the designation of a recreational site established under ministerial legislation, which would give Recreation Sites and Trails BC the tools necessary to work in conjunction with the Climbing Association for management and improvement of the area.
The EKCA was established six years ago and has around 150 members, depending on demand.