Resident hopes to turn Falls into tourist site

Fred Marshall is attempting to bring the Boundary Falls Rec Site project proposal to Greenwood City Council.

A local resident is reviving a proposal to turn Boundary Falls into a tourist site, after what he says is years of misuse of the historic area.

Fred Marshall, who owns local company Marshall Forestry Services, is attempting to bring the Boundary Falls Recreation Site project proposal to Greenwood City Council.

Marshall said he is hoping for “fresh interest” in the site that he believes with development could become a major attraction in the West Boundary.

“This site is an absolute treasure, an iconic treasure,” Marshall said. If developed, the site would feature more parking, signage on the history of the falls, would be protected under the B.C. Ministry of Environment and would be formally zoned as a Heritage, Historical, Recreational site. Overall, the site would be developed to be more user friendly.

The site is currently designated as for the “use and recreation” of the public, but Marshall said he believes it is under-utilized.

“Site management and user control is non-existent; local users have indiscriminately used the area for parties, campfires and littering,” the proposal reads.

Originally developed in 2007, the proposal addresses the potential for the site and the improvements needed to make it a tourist destination, highlighting the falls and proximity to the Trans Canada Trail and the smelter as key tourist draws. The proposal also addresses drawbacks to the site, including lack of easy access and limited parking.

Marshall said development money would come through the BC Rural Dividends fund, a provincial initiative designed to help rural communities “reinvigorate” their economies.

At the moment, Marshall said there is very limited use of the site, something he hopes to change.

“This project has many potential benefits for the Boundary area, all of which can be realized by your support,” reads the proposal.

“Lobbying and requesting the provincial government to adopt it as a worthwhile project and to immediately conduct the requisite feasibility studies and project parameters would be a good start.”

 

Just Posted

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

B.C. has only one bricks-and-mortar marijuana store

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

Denesiuk announced as Liberal nominee for South Okanagan-West Kootenay

Connie Denesiuk ran for the first time in 2015, losing to current MP Cannings

VIDEO: How to roll a joint

The cannabis connoisseur shares his secrets to rolling the perfect joint

B.C. Lions look to cement CFL playoff spot with victory over Eskimos

B.C. can cement a post-season berth in the wild West Division on Friday night with a home win over the Edmonton Eskimos

Canada ban on asbestos takes effect but mining residues are exempt

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna plans to announce the new regulations implementing the ban on Thursday in Ottawa

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day two of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

Demand for legalized cannabis in early hours draws lineups, heavy web traffic

Government-run and privately operated sales portals went live at 12:01 a.m. local time across Canada, eliciting a wave of demand.

Killer-rapist Paul Bernardo set to make parole pitch today

Paul Bernardo, whose very name became synonymous with sadistic sexual perversion, is expected to plead for release on Wednesday.

Hero campaign raises $1.1 million for Canada non-profits

Lowe’s Canada Heroes campaign was held throughout September

Scope of Hurricane Michael’s fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle

Nearly 137,000 Florida customers remain without power from the Gulf of Mexico to the Georgia border

Streamlined pardon process for pot possession convictions in Canada

Feds say legalization is first step towards objectives of getting pot out of the hands of kids and eliminating black market

Most Read