Coaldale’s Owl’s Nest Campground to see major private investment – set to reopen as a fully serviced campground next summer (2021)

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The Town of Coaldale is pleased to announce that Owl’s Nest Campground is scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2021 thanks to the significant privately-funded infrastructure investment by local residents Jeff and Ronda Nielsen. The Nielsen family purchased the (12.6 acre) campground lands from the Town of Coaldale on the condition that they service the site and operate it as a fully serviced amenity.

“We are very excited about purchasing, developing and operating Owl’s Nest campground and being able to invest back into our community,” says Ronda Nielsen. “Coaldale is our home, and our preferred destination to live, work and play. Our goal is to keep all aspects of this project as ‘home grown’ as possible, including the name.”

While the Nielsen family will be the entity purchasing and developing the property into a fully serviced site, Trevor Sampson will serve as the General Manager of Owl’s Nest Campground and will look after all operations of the business. “To be able to work in the town I grew up and went to school in, to be able to walk to work, is terrific. One thing we are going to do is ensure the campground is well supervised and maintained to ensure the activities of campers are sensitive to neighboring areas. We also want to engage with the Coaldale & District Chamber of Commerce to see how we can promote local businesses to the campers that visit our community.”

The servicing upgrades that will take place within the Owl’s Nest Campground site are expected to be complete by summer, 2021.

“Council is elated that members of Coaldale’s business community stepped forward to revive an amenity that has been closed down and dormant for the past five years. It will enhance Coaldale’s attraction as a tourist destination and create various economic spinoffs for existing businesses,” says Mayor Kim Craig. “As a way to reinvest a portion of the proceeds from this land sale back into the community, Council has committed to funding and constructing a Mountain Bike Park on the large pile of clay that’s situated within the existing site of Owl’s Nest Campground. We are excited to consult the knowledge and expertise of local youth and bike enthusiasts and to engage the community on the layout and design of the park. Council is very excited about providing a new community amenity without having to resort to tax dollars to do so.”

The Town of Coaldale will be striking up a Mountain Bike Park design committee in early 2021. Details about the application process will be released in early January, 2021.

Both the operational and capital costs associated with creating a fully serviced campground will be borne by the developer. The Town of Coaldale will reinvest the proceeds from the land sale into adjacent site amenities, like the Mountain Bike park and adjacent off-street parking stalls. As a way of connecting the Mountain Bike Park to the rest of Coaldale, the Town will integrate the campground site into Coaldale’s pathway network which has seen substantial expansion over the past year.

Quick facts:

Once the servicing and construction of the campground is fully complete, the plan is to have:

  • 20 fully serviced sites (complete with water, sewer and power);
  • 11 sites with electrical hookups only;
  • 11 un-serviced stalls in the group campground area;
  • Playground that is open to the general public;
  • Refurbished picnic shelter;
  • Washroom and shower house;
  • 35 off-street parking stalls;
  • Sani-dump station with a location to be decided (TBD);
  • Mountain Bike Park – developed and funded by the Town of Coaldale.

Additional information about the project will be published on the Owl’s Nest Campground website – www.owlsnestcampground.ca – as it becomes available.