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City of Chestermere implements beach admission fees for non-residents

For the remainder of 2020, visitors to Chestermere’s beaches who are not residents of the community will be required to pay an admission fee.

With the current public health concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, the City recently implemented capacity limits at the beaches, 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 now requiring non-residents pay an admission fee.

“Our main goal for 2020 is to keep people safe,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “We know that implementing capacity limits is the best way to ensure all beachgoers can have a safe and fun experience, but adding fencing and security is not free. As Chestermere residents already pay for the maintenance of the beaches, adding an admission fee for those who do not live in our community will help to offset the costs of keeping visitors safe during this global pandemic.”

Non-residents will need to pay the visitor fees which are $15 per person over 15 years of age, $5 for anyone between 3 to 15 years of age and free for infants under 3. A family pass will be available for $40.

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City of Chestermere sets capacity limits for beaches; implements additional COVID-19 safety measures

The City of Chestermere is pleased to announce that it is setting capacity limits on lakeside beaches under the authority of new provincial guidance.

While normally welcome, crowds in Chestermere’s parks are concerning in the midst of the pandemic as many visitors are not following the provincial physical distancing requirements voluntarily.

“We know that people want to enjoy the summer, but safety must come first,” says Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “Without provincial guidance, we were restricted in our ability to enforce provincial distancing as these are public parks and beaches.”

The City of Chestermere is home to three lakeside parks that will have new maximum capacity limits to ensure that visitors can effectively distance from each other.

The maximum limit at Anniversary Park will be 615 people (115 on the beach), the maximum limit at Cove Beach will be 205 (39 on the beach) and the maximum at Sunset Park will be 483. If overcrowding continues to be a problem, the City may further limit or close beaches.

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2020 Tax Notice Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has deferred the tax payment deadline until September 1. You will receive your 2020 tax notice during the first week of August. TIPP payments will be automatically adjusted in September. 

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