The possibility of closing the dumping station at Churchill Park in Ontario’s Cambridge City has raised concerns in the community, a report said.
The station is next to the parking lot near the Water Street entrance to the park, near the old campground. A signboard states that the station will close from October 15.
Shane Russell, who bought an RV in the first quarter of the year, said that his camp is on Crown property in the northern part of Ontario. He said he has no place in the region to flush out his sewage (also known as black water). He waits until he comes back home to use the park’s facilities.
He’s seen several trailer and RV owners who dump at the park every time he visits the station.
Contrary to the signage, there may be various plans for the dump station, according to Jason Alexander, the city’s wastewater manager.
Alexander explained that the dumping station was first constructed in the 1970s to serve the campground in Churchill Park. After the campground closed in 2015, this dumping facility was still open to use for free for those who own RVs.
“The costs to maintain this service and wastewater treatment [are] covered through water user rates,” Alexander said.
Churchill Park is the only free dumping station in the Waterloo Region, while others charge the RV and trailer owners.
“Given the updates required to convert this service as a pay-per-use station, the recommendation is being made to either close it permanently or keep it open seasonally as a pay-per-use station,” Alexander said.
A report is set to be submitted to the council on October 19.