Exhibitors descending on Brandon for the Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show will have to wait until next year to use full-service campground sites at the Keystone Centre.
“It’s taken a little longer than we had hoped, but it’s still proceeding as planned and we obviously won’t have it ready for the Arabian (horse show),” Keystone Centre general manager Neil Thomson said.
For the time being, exhibitors will stay in what Thomson called a “temporary campground” that will use interim water and electrical lines run above ground to service the sites. Exhibitors will also be forced to empty their sewer at another location, something that will be remedied when the new campground plan, which will include water, sewer and electrical being run underground, is constructed.
“It shouldn’t take that long once we’re started. There is some trenching for sewer and water and some trenching for the electrical,” said Thomson, who was cautious not to put a timeline on when the campground would be finished, but did say it would be completed by the end of the summer.
The new campground plan, which will develop 40 to 60 permanent lots with an emphasis on campers in the northeast corner of the Keystone Centre’s land near the Kiwanis YMCA Pool, is currently before the planning committee at the municipal level.
“Everything seems to be in order, but the permit hasn’t been issued yet,” said Ryan Nickel, acting senior planner for the City of Brandon. “There are some things that need to be worked out with engineering, but I don’t believe they are major concerns.”
The city did have some questions regarding the proposed plan, but Nickel said all areas of concern were addressed on the parcel of land that is zoned parks and recreation, allowing the creation of a campground.
“Our main concern was whether or not they were including fire pits,” Nickel said. “There is possible smoke as a result of that and it was confirmed to us that there was going to be no fire pits used at the campground and that it was more for providing space for campers and trailers for special events.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 10, 2012