Waterfront Plan: Campground

About the Waterfront User Needs Assessment and Detailed Design Plan
Cobourg’s waterfront is a defining part of the town. Previously an industrial port, community and political will has transformed the waterfront into an important community destination focused on recreation, cultural, tourism and the environment. However, this transformation is ongoing. While the industrial past is well hidden, there is still work to be done to address the needs of the community now and in the future.

The Waterfront User Needs Assessment and Detailed Design Plan (Waterfront Plan), which was adopted by Council in 2018, provides the community with a roadmap for creating a beautiful, accessible and sustainable waterfront. The Plan recommends 83 initiatives in 24 projects to enhance Cobourg’s waterfront over a 24-year period. Each project requires Council’s approval, and the proposed upgrades to the Campground is one of the first projects under consideration.

Project #2: Waterfront Plan - Campground
The Victoria Park Campground is a 3.8-acre parcel, bordered by Division Street to the west, Cobourg Beach to the south, Victoria Park to the east, and mixed-use residential and commercial development and Centennial Pool to the north. The park consists of 71 serviced R/V sites and 5 unserviced tent sites. There is an on-site sanitary disposal station.

While there is strong support for the campground to remain in operation in its current location due to both the amenity and revenue it provides, there is also strong opposition by those who feel it is an eyesore. While there is very little support to use the land for a waterfront hotel as was proposed in a tourism asset study in 2015, many support the idea of phasing out the campground and integrating it with the larger waterfront.

The Waterfront User Needs Assessment and Detailed Design Plan recommends leaving the campground in its current location, and making a number of improvements to help reduce its visual and operational impact on the waterfront.

The public engagement objective for the Campground is to:

  • Provide commentary on the eight initiatives identified for the Campground

We're looking for your feedback:
To share your thoughts on the Campground in respect to the eight initiatives please contribute to the following public engagement opportunities below:

1. Join our Forum
2. Share a Story

About the Waterfront User Needs Assessment and Detailed Design Plan
Cobourg’s waterfront is a defining part of the town. Previously an industrial port, community and political will has transformed the waterfront into an important community destination focused on recreation, cultural, tourism and the environment. However, this transformation is ongoing. While the industrial past is well hidden, there is still work to be done to address the needs of the community now and in the future.

The Waterfront User Needs Assessment and Detailed Design Plan (Waterfront Plan), which was adopted by Council in 2018, provides the community with a roadmap for creating a beautiful, accessible and sustainable waterfront. The Plan recommends 83 initiatives in 24 projects to enhance Cobourg’s waterfront over a 24-year period. Each project requires Council’s approval, and the proposed upgrades to the Campground is one of the first projects under consideration.

Project #2: Waterfront Plan - Campground
The Victoria Park Campground is a 3.8-acre parcel, bordered by Division Street to the west, Cobourg Beach to the south, Victoria Park to the east, and mixed-use residential and commercial development and Centennial Pool to the north. The park consists of 71 serviced R/V sites and 5 unserviced tent sites. There is an on-site sanitary disposal station.

While there is strong support for the campground to remain in operation in its current location due to both the amenity and revenue it provides, there is also strong opposition by those who feel it is an eyesore. While there is very little support to use the land for a waterfront hotel as was proposed in a tourism asset study in 2015, many support the idea of phasing out the campground and integrating it with the larger waterfront.

The Waterfront User Needs Assessment and Detailed Design Plan recommends leaving the campground in its current location, and making a number of improvements to help reduce its visual and operational impact on the waterfront.

The public engagement objective for the Campground is to:

  • Provide commentary on the eight initiatives identified for the Campground

We're looking for your feedback:
To share your thoughts on the Campground in respect to the eight initiatives please contribute to the following public engagement opportunities below:

1. Join our Forum
2. Share a Story

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    6.1 Service upgrades at campground (water, sanitary and electrical)
    6.2 Beach/campground interface improvements
    6.3 Extend/expand use
    6.4 Service building upgrades
    6.5 Registration system upgrades (online) (in process)
    6.6 Increase rates and revise policies
    6.7 General landscape Improvements
    6.8 Provide multi-use trail connection around campground perimeter

    Read Further Detail on the Eight Initiatives for the Campground:

    6.1 Service upgrades at campground (water, sanitary and electrical)
    • Upgrade existing services for each campsite

    6.2 Beach/campground interface improvements
    • Realign walkway along south end of campground/north end of beach to provide a visual and physical buffer
    • Space to include both the realignment ...

    6.1 Service upgrades at campground (water, sanitary and electrical)
    6.2 Beach/campground interface improvements
    6.3 Extend/expand use
    6.4 Service building upgrades
    6.5 Registration system upgrades (online) (in process)
    6.6 Increase rates and revise policies
    6.7 General landscape Improvements
    6.8 Provide multi-use trail connection around campground perimeter

    Read Further Detail on the Eight Initiatives for the Campground:

    6.1 Service upgrades at campground (water, sanitary and electrical)
    • Upgrade existing services for each campsite

    6.2 Beach/campground interface improvements
    • Realign walkway along south end of campground/north end of beach to provide a visual and physical buffer
    • Space to include both the realignment of the multi-use recreational trail around the campground (#6.8), as well as public boardwalk/walkway adjacent to the beach
    • Plantings to include shade trees to preserve views under tree canopies

    6.3 Extend/expand use 
    • Extend camping season beyond current months into shoulder seasons by adding small seasonal yurts or single room cottages for short term rental for more comfortable and/or cool weather camping
    • Use campground for special features during the other seasons (e.g., skating loop in the winter)

    6.4 Service building upgrades 
    • Upgrade and modernize washroom and laundry facilities

    6.5 Registration system upgrades (online) (in process)
    • Upgrade registration system to allow for online reservations

    6.6 Increase rates and revise policies 
    • Increase rates to maximize revenue potential of campground
    • Reduce maximum length of stay to encourage more turnover during the season

    6.7 General landscape improvements
    • Site restoration to improve grading of drainage on individual sites
    • Provide new tree planting to replace aging trees in campground
    • Reconfigure layout to improve efficiencies and enhance separation between sites

    6.8 Provide multi-use trail connection around campground perimeter
    • Provide 3-metre wide asphalt trail around campground to link east and west ends of existing waterfront trail
    • Align pathway to provide connection across Division Street and avoid existing jog in alignment

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