Muskoka Lakes residents are being told Bala’s Margaret Burgess Park could be saved if the right people are voted in on council this year, but opponents of the planned hydro plant at Bala Falls say Swift River Energy Ltd. isnt painting the whole picture. Save the Bala Falls’ Mitchell Shnier says the plan isnt all it’s cracked up to be….

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Swift River Energy Ltd’s Bala Project Manager Karen McGhee has responded. She says the public will have access to the park during construction….

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Shnier suspects that even after construction of the plant there would likely be fencing along the shoreline of Margaret Burgess Park which would prevent people from entering the water from the park and that there could be some barbwire fencing at the proposed generating station, as is the case at all three of the generating stations in Bracebridge. He says this isn’t what Bala is about and definately not what people want.  McGhee’s response is that after construction, there are no plans to put fencing up at the park. However, it would be necessary during the construction phase.