The site for the new boat launch and dock at Takysie Lake. The Southside Economic Development Association is upgrading the recreation site around the lake

The site for the new boat launch and dock at Takysie Lake. The Southside Economic Development Association is upgrading the recreation site around the lake

Upgrading Takysie Lake rec site

New hiking trail, boat launch among amenities to be built to upgrade the Takysie rec site.

A proposed adventure park that will be built near Takysie Lake will begin being constructed this summer.

The adventure park, which will include a five kilometre hiking trail, boat launch and dock, fencing to keep the free range cattle out, a barbecue structure and eventually, a bouldering park and climbing wall will break construction this July.

According to the Southside Economic Development Association’s, Kelly Friesen this project has been in the works for about four years now, and will be reopened for public use, beginning this September.

Friesen says that the Southside Economic Development Association has been working very hard, along with Regional District of Buckley-Nechako (RDBN) regional directors Stephen Freeman, area E and Bill Miller, area B to ensure that this project moves forward.

Friesen says that moving forward with this project was an easy decision to make.

“The Takysie rec site is kind of central on the Southside, it’s pretty much right in the middle of all the communities,” Friesen said, “it’s an excellent place for a barbecue, so we’re doing this for a day use area to get people out for the day and enjoy it.”

Friesen adds that the boat launch and dock will add an element of convenience for people.

“Takysie Lake is a prime fishing lake, and without a good public launch and dock it’s an inconvenience for people looking to launch their boats there.”

The project is well funded.

The Southside Economic Development Association received $30,000 from the Nechako Kitamaat Development Fund, $30,000 from Northern Development Initiation Trust, $5 000 from RDBN regional director for area E and roughly $5 000 from in-kind donations from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operation.

Originally the plan was for the area to include a brand new bouldering park and climbing wall.

Friesen says that the climbing boulder was just too expensive for the amount of funding they have at the moment.

She adds that when they receive more funds then the climbing boulder will be built.

“It’s more of an upgrade at this point,” Friesen said, “when we get the rest of the funds we will put in the bouldering park. Then it’ll be a brand new project.”