Calgary Fish and Game Association is pleased to announce the McKinnon Flats Stewardship Partnership between ourselves and Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) to enhance and protect recreational activities at the AEP Lands Branch McKinnon Flats Recreation and River Access Area south-east of Calgary. The McKinnon Flats Stewardship Partnership (MFSP) agreement came into effect in January 2021 where both parties will collaborate on a Master Development Plan for the recreational property into the future.
A new McKinnon Flats road construction was completed in December of 2020 and once opened to the public in the spring of 2021 will allow for an expanded seasonal use of the property. The CFGA – McKinnon Flats Stakeholder Proposal presents the case for an alliance of stakeholders to forge a master development plan to protect the historical and archaeological importance of the property while meeting the needs for expanded recreational use.
The First Step: River Access Restrictions and Parking Lot Expansion:
Expansion of the overflow parking is not considered viable under existing development constraints. Therefore, the focus is to integrate expanded parking into a designated riverfront parking and river access site. The proposal will double the parking assignment, a staging area to prepare boats for river access and a laneway across the gravel bar to the river edge. Large rooks and a fence will be used to contain vehicle traffic within the site. Excavation work is planned for the Fall of 2021 with completion in 2022.
As this project develops further updates will be released.