Residents of Windy Lake opposed to gravel pit in the area
Windy Lake Residents say the development of a gravel pit would have a negative impact on the community.
Plans for a gravel pit near Windy Lake are being met with opposition by residents in the area.
The Day Group is proposing to put a gravel pit on property owned by the Onaping Falls Nordic Ski Club. The land is beside the Windy Lake provincial park and is currently used as ski trails.
An online petition has been started by residents of Windy Lake who oppose the project.
Wayne Chabot, who has lived in the area for about 12 years, says that life in the community would be affected by a gravel pit in the neighbourhood.
"We're very concerned about the potential effects and negative impact to the lake, the park, campers, residents," he said.
"You've got camp sites that will be within just a couple of hundred yards from that operation so [there will be] noise, vibrations, smell. If the park loses people because of the background noise and the dust and everything else, then it could jeopardize the life of the park."
Gravel pit could financially sustain ski club
LiseLeBlanc, the president of the Onaping Falls Nordic Ski Club, said she understands the concerns residents may have about the development. However, she said her club is still in talks with the Day Group and has yet to make a decision.
She also noted the Day Group told her issues will be addressed in open meetings, which haven't been scheduled yet.
But while the gravel pit is still up for discussion, LeBlanc says revenue from developing the project would help the club financially as membership is down 20 per cent from last year.
"It certainly would help us update grooming equipment. Some of our equipment is becoming outdated and [is] in need of being replaced," she said.
"Even though numbers may be down as far as membership, we still get a really good turnout of day pass users and the club could financially be sustainable. We could keep our rates low, we could do things to try to improve [and get] people coming to our club and using our trails."
CBC News did leave several messages for the Day Group seeking comment on this story. The company did not call back.