Reston’s newest feature, an artificial lake, is bubbling its way towards opening day this summer. Tanis Chalmers, Economic Development Manager for the region, says the water pipes were connected and the lake is being filled.
It’s about 70 metres across and was made with a clay base, a layer of geotextile and a sand bottom. Once road bans are lifted, the RM of Pipestone, which is in charge of the project, will truck in sand for the beach area. After that, landscaping can go ahead.
Chalmers says the water condition will be maintained with aeration equipment and the addition of recommended treatments. The next big challenge is to brainstorm a name for the new landmark!
In the meantime, Chalmers says fundraising for the lake continues:
“We are currently taking sponsorships of $100 buckets of sand. The more buckets an individual or company donates, the larger recognition they will receive on permanent signage at the lake.”
The project is expected to cost $340,000. The RM of Pipestone council has already committed $250,000 and the province’s Community Places Program has given $50,000.
Having a lake with a beach, says Chalmers, will make the area even more enticing to tourists and new residents. Reston’s recreation area already has a spray park with a waterslide, full-service campground, and a nine-hole golf course.
“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.”