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Peacekeeper Park was started in 2002 by a group of volunteers. There are hundreds of crosses in the country as a tribute to those who died in the service.
The park runs summer adventure programs and offers cadets, scouts, guides and the local fire department the country for training. On the 14 hectare property there is a rock wall, a low ropes course, an exhibition hall, four huts and a rappelling tower.
In the last 19 years, around 20,000 young people have benefited from the park, around 1,000 have special needs.
Harvey said the decision not to renew the lease was made “with a heavy heart” but added that Peacekeeper Park had all of 2020 to address concerns from Kettle Creek employees.
“It’s very, very unfortunate,” said Harvey. “We’ll be very careful to make sure we honor what they did on the path of honor.”
Peacekeeper Park and Millar staff are not buying Kettle Creek’s reasoning. They argue that any concerns from the conservation agency could easily be allayed in 2021.
“This looks like a structured campaign to kill the park from some board members that appeared tied to revenue disguised as concerns about water,” Millar said.
Millar said he felt the problem of competition between the services of Kettle Creek and Peacekeeper Park might play a role.
Harvey said it wasn’t a factor.
Park management assistant Sarah Duplisea described the staff’s report on issues with Peacekeeper Park as “exceptionally biased” and was disappointed that the board had not offered the park the one-year grace period.