Jasper park employees worry about privatized hot springs
Employees of the Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park are worried entrance fees will rise or standards will fall after the federal government sold the pool to a private company.
Parks Canada hopes to hand over operations to a private company by the time the facility opens on May 9.
It is part of a plan to hand over management of three national park hot springs and includes Banff Upper Hot Springs and Radium Hot Springs in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park.
At a public meeting in Jasper Wednesday a handful of employees and residents expressed concern about the future of the hot springs.
"We're concerned the privatization or commercialization of the springs will actually errode it," said Marianne Hladun of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. "It won't be as affordable and accessible to all Canadians as it currently is under the park system."
The federal government aims to slash $29 million from the cost of running national parks between 2012 and 2015.