Swim lake at Echo Dale reopens following extreme weather event

Medicine Hat – Following the extreme weather experienced on Monday, July 18, a portion of Echo Dale Regional Park, including the swim lake, concession and historic farm will reopen to the public on Saturday, July 30.

“We lost more than 60 mature trees throughout the park and crews are still assessing others as the clean-up continues,” said Scott Richter, Acting Director of the Parks & Recreation Department. “We expect the work will be ongoing for a number of weeks as crews work to remove trees and stumps before focusing on replanting and seeding.”

Along with the swim lake, the beach volleyball nets will be in place and soccer fields will be open, as well as the green space surrounding the swim lake. Echo Dale Farm will also be open to the public and will continue with their farm tour from the Woolfrey House and up to the Ajax Mine.

Crews will remain on site as work to clean-up the area south of the swim and boat lake continue, as well as assessing the irrigation infrastructure and pump house, which is not currently accessible to staff. Park visitors are asked to stay away from crews, fencing, equipment, as well as any large stumps which remain.

There will be no pedestrian or vehicle access east of the boat lake and boat launch, which remain closed at this time, along with the campground and off-leash areas.

“The amount of damage the high winds caused throughout the park is indescribable,” Richter added. “We know that summer in our city isn’t the same without Echo Dale and the swim lake, and crews have been working quickly in order to safely reopen the park to residents and visitors alike.”

The City of Medicine Hat would like to thank residents and visitors for their patience and understanding while this work is completed.

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