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The fee charges will start on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Last Updated: May 21, 2021
Only debit card or credit cards are being accepted. Cash will not be accepted.
Last Updated: May 21, 2021
Currently, fencing and fees are in place for Anniversary Park and Beach. At this time Sunset Park and Cove Park will not have charges. If overcrowding is an issue, fencing and fees may be implemented at these parks as well.
Last Updated May 21, 2021
Chestermere residents receive complimentary access but any guest or visitor who is not a Chestermere resident will need to pay the required fees.
Anyone over 15 will be required to show ID. If you are a resident and bring your children, you will not have to pay for them.
If their student ID card is from a Chestermere school, then they would not have to pay.
Chestermere residents already pay for the maintenance of the beaches, so adding an admission fee for those who do not live in our community helps to offset the costs of keeping visitors safe during this global pandemic.
Public places are generally free for all residents and non-residents, but municipalities can charge extra fees for non-residents to use amenities. For example, if a Chestermere resident would like to get a pass to the Calgary Public Library, they would be required to pay $112 membership fee (whereas it is free for Calgary residents).
With the ongoing public health concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, the City implemented capacity limits at the beaches in 2020, under the authority of the provincial beach guidance document, to ensure that visitors are safe. To help offset the costs of enforcing those limits, the City is again requiring non-residents pay an admission fee, under Bylaw #006-21, Temporary Beaches and Recreational Areas Near Water Bylaw.
The City evaluated the cost to add fencing, signage and security in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and set fees that would help offset some of those costs. In 2020, the non-residents fee fully covered the additional costs to have the beaches used safely.
Last Updated: May 21, 2021.
The City cannot prohibit non-residents from using the beach as Alberta does not allow discrimination between residents and non-residents being permitted in public places. However, by passing Bylaw #006-21, Temporary Beaches and Recreational Areas Near Water Bylaw, the City can recover some of the costs associated with the activities at the beach by charging a fee for non-residents. This is done under the authority of the Municipal Government Act and the City has the right to regulate activities on Chestermere Lake under the agreement with the Western Irrigation District.