Riverfest will launch into the waters of the North Saskatchewan River earlier than last year.
 
River Valley Alliance (RVA) executive director, Brent Collingwood presented an overview of the company, projects and this year’s EPCOR Riverfest to council at their Tuesday (Jan.23) meeting.
 
“They (council) were supportive of the 2017 Riverfest and we saw lots of citizens enjoy the opportunity to get down onto the water, so we’re asking for their support for the 2018 Riverfest," said RVA executive director, Brent Collingwood.
 
Support would come in the form of staff and volunteers on the ground at the event.
 
The first annual Riverfest held last September, saw roughly 1500 rafters hit the water. They are hoping for 3000 this year.
 
“We’re now going to be August 11-12. We found in September the weather was pretty cold, a little hard to get into the water, so we thought we would back that more into the summer months,” said Collingwood.
 
Another ask during the presentation was a contribution to the RVA’s operating fund.
 
Every year, the City of Fort Saskatchewan contributes $20,000 to the operating fund, noted mayor Gale Katchur.
 
“No motions were put forward last night (Jan.23) and council will be discussing and deliberating whether or not this is a go, or no go,” said Katchur.
 
The full presentation discussed the nearly completed 2012-2017 plan throughout Strathcona County, Parkland County, Sturgeon County and Fort Saskatchewan.
 
Collingwood also presented the 2018-2022 phase two capital program at a cost of $100 million and approved by all municipalities.
 
Mix 107 will have full updates on these projects shortly.

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