A request for High River Town Council to consider turning Wallaceville into an RV park was soundly rejected at the June 12 meeting.

Local resident and avid RV traveller Darwin Flathers presented council with his reasons as to why it would be a sound investment.

He says they town is missing out.

"You are missing a great opportunity to enhance the community of High River," said Flathers."I respect their decision and I realize there is more involved."

He added it is a growing industry and tourism is an important part of Alberta and with the turn of the economy it is something the Town should be focused on.

Councillors were quick to point out that first of all the Province owns the land in Wallaceville and if it is ever turned back to the Town the whole point is to not have any infrastructure in place that could be damaged in a flood.

Councillor Bruce Masterman says the area should remain as low intensive with hiking trails and absolutely no commercial developments like an RV park.

"I don't consider an RV park to be passive low intensive at all," said Masterman.

Mayor Craig Snodgrass added after asking families to sacrifice their homes to help with flood mitigation, there is no way they could build anything on that land.

Snodgrass added an RV park if needed can be added in a suitable location at another time.

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