Reston makes its own lake

RM of Pipestone announces its latest project

A rural municipality known for its aggressive efforts to attract business has a new project up its sleeve to boost tourism and recreation.

The RM of Pipestone has announced it's building a lake, specifically a recreational lake to be constructed near Reston's spray park. 

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Economic Development Manager Tanis Chalmers says the artificial lake will be about 70 metres across and have a floating dock/slide in the middle. It will be for swimming and non-motorized water sports only. 

The goal, says Chalmers, is to make the RM a "one-stop shop for summer recreation".

Green and affordable

“This is a green and affordable option to create accessible recreation, provide employment through summer staff for swimming lessons, while maintaining an affordable option for families and community members to participate in recreation that does not exist in the region.”

Chalmers says the idea of some sort of pool has been discussed for over 30 years with different options under consideration. But when the idea of an artificial lake was presented, there was a positive response.

She says the project is expected to cost $340,000. The council of the RM of Pipestone has already committed $250,000 and the provincial Community Places Program has given $50,000.

The RM's Recreational Development Committee is fundraising the remainder through donations and sponsorships.

Chalmers said they plan to have the lake ready for public use next summer.

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