FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council really wants to get feedback from the Fort St. John Tourism Board before deciding on whether to permit overnight camping at city parks and facilities during special events.
In a written report that went before Council at Monday’s meeting, Pool Manager Karin Carlson recommended like the option of overnight camping at recreation facilities within the permitting process for special events on municipal property.
Camping isn’t permitted in City parks currently, and Carlson was recommending that City staff manage to grant approval for overnight camping during special events on a case-by-case basis.
Among the types of events distributed by Carlson that could request camping permission include: slo-pitch tournaments in Surerus Park, lacrosse tournaments at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, and swim meets at the North Peace Leisure Pool.
Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that the town has received numerous requests through the years to permit camping near sporting events, a thing that is permitted at the ball diamonds in Taylor and Chetwynd currently.
Overnight camping is permitted at parks in Dawson Creek during special events also, though unlike in Carlson’s proposal, approval should be distributed by Council.
City Manager Dianne Hunter supported the recommendation, though did use in her comments that Council may decide to refer this are accountable to the Tourism Board for input and comment, that is what Council made a decision to do in the ultimate end.