Calgarians Love Their Rivers - Update on the River Access Strategy
Calgarians want a healthy, vibrant and sustainable river culture and many are concerned about how they can get in, and out, of our rivers safely.
Last year, Gian-Carlo and Councillor Shane Keating put forward a Notice of Motion requesting that a policy report and implementation plan to address river access be completed by the end of the first quarter in 2017.
On February 1, 2017, Administration presented their report to the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services (CPS). The Calgary River Access Strategy recommends several significant short-term moves to access our rivers is a more meaningful way.
These recommendations include:
- Create more drift boat access (these are essential for the fishing community)
- Create more formalized access for people carrying their boats into the rivers (i.e. kayaks, rafts, etc.)
- Look to improve economic opportunities and access along the rivers.
Both the public and CPS demonstrated support for the River Access Strategy. Next it will go to Council for final approval.