Rotary Daybreak — one of the two Rotary Club’s operating in Lacombe — is looking to build a community shelter on Cranna Lake.
The group, which is comprised of 13 members, made a presentation to council regarding their long-term vision, which would potentially see Rotary fund the cost of the shelter and the city shouldering the cost of the landscaping and redevelopment that would be necessary on the east end of the lake.
Council responded to the presentation with a request for more information, including potential costs of the project. The city also gave permission for Daybreak Rotary to work with city administration on planning — including applying for provincial grants.
Club President Susan MacDonald said the club is excited to move forward with the project and said Cranna Lake has been a project their group has continually to discussed.
MacDonald said the shelter would be a year-round facility that would include washrooms, a meeting area and place to put on your skates during the winter months.
Rotary Daybreak will now begin planning meetings with city administration.
“We will look at potential designs, along with help costing out what the whole total project might look like,” she said.
MacDonald said Rotary Daybreak sets annual priorities like this one every year.
“Some things start out as small community projects but we always want to have a bigger, long-term project,” she said. “Cranna Lake has always been coming back to the table at our club. That is why we have chosen this.”
MacDonald said Cranna Lake — due to it’s location in the center of Lacombe — has always been a natural community hub.
No timeline has been currently set for this potential project.
“It depends on how big this design gets. It started out as wanting to build a shelter and a place to gather. If we get into re-landscaping what the area looks like, it becomes a bigger project,” she said. “At this point, it is hard to say what would be a time frame. We will know a little further once our plans are developed.”