the fate of the park at its Dec. 13 meeting (after The Promoter goes to press):
• Remove the trailer park portion from Beach Park and sell that portion;
• Sell it as a trailer park with site agreements in place;
• Keep it all for park green space;
• Continue to operate it as is;
• Contract with a third party to the run the trailer park.
They recommend the first option, however—selling a portion of the trailer park. They say there would be more immediate revenue, with less liability and costs going forward.
The city also owns Centennial Park in Kirkfield, but it cannot get out of running that trailer park without losing the land back to the federal government.
The question of what to do with the Bobcaygeon Beach Park Trailer Park comes around every few years. The park was born and became a going concern back in the ‘60s, when the Village of Bobcaygeon bought the lands from the CPR. With close to 60 sites, and generating enough funds to pay for most of the park maintenance in the village, the trailer park was a great summer driver of economic development.
Over the years, the number of trailer sites has been cut, so revenues have gone down, but the park still brings in about $15,000 a year, which helps offset parks operating costs.
At a public meeting last year, trailer renters offered to pay more so the park would have a better bottom line. So fees were upped last summer to pay for hydro usage.
The staff report also says that if the trailers are taken out, there will be costs to close the park (demolishing buildings, decommissioning a well or septic system, and removing water services).
If the whole park remains a green space, there’ll be no revenue for park maintenance.
If the city sells the trailer portion, it would bring in a onetime amount of about $2 million. Subsequent rezoning for other land use would generate tax revenue, and future capital expenditures and liabilities would also cease.