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Doug Barnes Cabin Expansion

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The Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club (PNSC) has been operating out of the Doug Barnes Cabin since 1977. As a result of the RMWB’s significant population growth, and the community’s growing desire for winter activities, the ski club has outgrown the existing cabin, with its membership size now of approximately 450.

In January 2014, the Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club presented to Municipal Council about the potential expansion of the Doug Barnes Cabin.

On July 14, 2015, the Wood Buffalo Regional Indoor Recreation and Community Facilities Master Plan was approved by Council for use as a guiding document for future planning and budget development purposes. One of the recommendations of that plan was to go forward with an expansion of the Doug Barnes Cabin.

Late in 2015, pre-design was completed for the expansion, and since that time, the detailed design has been completed. Prior to starting construction, information about the project was provided to the public. 

A Public Information Session was held on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Doug Barnes Cabin to share information about the expansion and answer questions from residents.

Mid-June 2017, an Issue for Tender package was completed, and in Oct. 2017, the project was awarded to a contractor.

In Oct. 2017, the contractor will be working on Moose Trail behind the Cabin to lower the existing trail elevation level and allow for the new walkout expansion. The trail will be closed for a short period for this work, but will be operational for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games.

In May 2018, the contractor will begin mobilizing for construction of the cabin expansion, with expected completion by the end of 2018.

Questions and Answers

Why are you expanding the cabin?

We have heard from the community and the user groups that there is a desire to expand the existing facility to accommodate more people and additional functionality.

How will the usability increase?

The proposed expansion plans include a full basement with a walk-out to the trail, a commercial kitchen, a board room, expanded common area, expanded storage area and an overall ability to be used for countless community activities.

When will it be started? And finished?

Work is scheduled to begin in May 2018. The projected timeline is to be completed in 2018, but as with any construction project, timelines may need to be adjusted.

How much will this project cost?

The approved funding for this project is $3.3 million.

Given the state of the economy, is this the best time to be building a new recreational cabin?

The current economic outlook is in the front of mind for our community; but we also recognize it is an important time to build and maintain our infrastructure to best meet the needs of our community. The 2015–2017 Strategic Plan was built around seven pillars, one being to Build a Healthy and Active Lifestyle, to connect people and communities through accessible, regional-based leisure and wellness activities, programs and public gathering places.

What stage are we at with design, will the images change at all?

The design is complete, which means the layout and size will not change, and the design and technical components have been finalized.

Has the construction contract been awarded?

The contract was awarded in Oct. 2017.

Will the existing cabin be destroyed?

No, the expansion will be built from the existing cabin, keeping it intact, ensuring the historic building and its distinct culture are maintained.

Will we have access to the cabin during construction?

No, the entire area will be a job site and for safety reasons the public will not have access to the cabin during this time.

Will we have access to the trails and parking during construction?

Access may be limited in and around the cabin area, as well as the parking lot. There will be detour signage installed as well as barriers in place to separate the work area from public use.

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