The city will be proceeding with a funding proposal to the federal and provincial governments after council approved an application for the Ferguson Lake Nature Reserve. Located in the northwest corner of the city, Ferguson Lake is the largest lake within city limits and features a 2.5km trail around the entire lake.
According to the report, much of the infrastructure at Ferguson Lake requires rehabilitation to meet increased usage from the community:
- The existing boardwalk infrastructure design, age, and condition necessitate a complete reconstruction.
- Various segments of the trail system require resurfacing and the addition of new boardwalks to provide access through wet areas.
- Enhancements would include an accessible trail between the picnic area and fishing dock.
The total estimated cost for the Ferguson Lake Nature Reserve Rehabilitation project is nearly $850,000. The city will be pursuing a grant covering 100 per cent of the project costs.