Provincial officials have reversed a decision to close the Pigeon Lake campground for the entire summer after local business owners raised concerns.

The province planned to shut down 248 campsites or 90 per cent of the park to upgrade power systems, build new shower buildings and enlarge campsites for recreational vehicles.

Plans have now been put on hold till at least Aug. 7, allowing the park to stay open for part of the season.

Local business owners who said earliler that the closure could cost them $5 million in revenue are thrilled with Thursday's announcement.

"I think it's fantastic," said Blair Northfield, owner of the Blackstone Mini Golf and Family Park and executive member of the Pigeon Lake Chamber of Commerce.

"I think it was extremely responsive of the government to come out very quickly and talk to us and meet with us as chamber."

Northfield holds no hard feelings against the government. While he wishes construction could wait until September, he understands why some work needs to take place while the weather is still warm.