FOPI REPORT TO CUMBERLAND COUNCIL

OCTOBER 1999

By Al Tweddle

 

ORGANIZATIONAL

The Friends of Petrie Island have:

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SITE

OPERATION

PICNIC AREA USE

INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM

 

OBSERVATIONS ON USE

POINTS FOR CONSIDERATION NEXT YEAR

SUMMARY

FINANCIAL STATEMENT as of September 15, 1999

REVENUE

Cumberland

$1000

Membership

310

Maps

25

Donations

700

TOTAL

$2035.

EXPENSES

Toilet

$ 690.80

Signs

181.87

Materials/supplies

146.10

TOTAL OPERATIONAL

$1018.77

OTHER EXPENSES

Cell phone

192.61

Interpretive prog.

237.86

Share of Insurance policy 200

 

TOTAL OTHER

$630.47

TOTAL EXPENSES

$1649.24

BALANCE

385.76

 

POTENTIAL EXPENDITURES FOR 2000

Picnic shelter

$500

Picnic tables

$400

Interpretive programs

$400

Estimated Weekend supervision

120 hours @$8.00/hour = $960/summer

 

 

TABLE 1 - PETRIE ISLAND ATTENDANCE

TOTAL DAILY AVERAGE

 

 

1999

1998

1999

1998

MAY

3075 *(58)

510

99

 

 

JUNE

3943 *(103)

 

 

131

 

 

JULY

6852 *(275)

277 (6 days)

221

 

 

AUGUST

6196 *(252)

4576

200

147

SEPTEMBER

3400 *(68)

2596

103

86

TOTAL

23,466

7959

 

 

 

 

* Hours monitored per month

TABLE 2 VOLUNTEER WORKERS

 

 

1999

1998

WORK HOURS

517

448

MONITORS & CAPTAINS HOURS

810

387

ORGANIZATIONAL

90

78

INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM

230

 

 

TOTAL

1647

913

VALUE @ $7.00/HOUR

$11,529

$6391

DONATED MATERIAL

$950.

$1900

TOTAL

$12,479

$8291

FRIENDS OF PETRIE ISLAND EXECUTIVE

Chairman Al Tweddle Vice Chairman Rene Cloutier

Secretary Pete Waddell Treasurer Steve McPhee

Interpretive Program Paul LeFort Planning Dave Villeneuve

Jim Pearson Dave Redmond

Claude Lalonde Publicity Rick Thompson

Monitor Coordinator Romeo Messier

 

 

PETRIE ISLAND SURVEY August 1999

Conducted by Friends of Petrie Island (a volunteer organization operating the picnic area during July and August).

Is this your first visit to the picnic area? Yes q No q

If no, how often do you visit Petrie Island/month:

Daily q 1-5 times q 6-10 times q more than 10 timesq

When do you visit: Weekends q Weekdays q Evenings q

How long have you been coming to Petrie Island?

What activities do/would you use the Island for: (Please circle a number)

1. Picnic 2. Canoe/kayak

3. Walk the dog 4. Bird watching

5. Nature viewing 6. Sun bathing

7. Fishing - by shore - by boat 8. Boating

9. Other

Your preferences for the future of the Island

Preserve natural area Yes q No q Undecided q

Build bridge to Quebec Yes q No q Undecided q

Build a marina Yes q No q Undecided q

Boat launch - ramp Yes q No q Undecided q

Develop existing sand operation area as park/ beach . Yes q No q Undecided q

What measures would you support to protect the natural areas:(circle numbers)

1. Dogs on leash 2. Special area for dogs

3 No dogs 4. No shore fishing in sensitive areas

5 No bikes in sensitive areas 6. Boat speed limits in inland waters

7 No motor boats on the pond

8 Limit human access in sensitive natural areas ie: A. only after certain hours,

B. only open for conducted tours

What other facilities would you like to see? Comments on existing facilities.

 

Are you interested in volunteering? Yes No

Area of interest, ie: cleanups, monitoring, fundraising, organization, programs, special skills, other

 

Name...... ................................................................................ Phone.......................................

APPENDIX A Questionnaire

A small survey was conducted during the summer to determine the public response to various initiatives for the island as well as public acceptance of the rules and by-laws for the area.

The results of the 44 responses are listed below:

First time visitors 21

Repeat visitors 23

ACTIVITIES PARTICIPATED IN

Picnic 32

Canoe/kayak 14

Walking dog 6

Birdwatching 18

Nature viewing 36

Sunbathing 13

Shore fishing 12

Boating 4

FILL IN ANSWERS

Swimming 2

Sunset watching 2

Climbing sand dunes 1

RULES/BYLAWS TO PRESERVE NATURAL AREA:

1. Support for : Dogs on a leash 30

Designated dog area 18

No dogs 8

No shore fishing in sensitive areas 24

No bikes in sensitive areas 24

No boats in Turtle pond 24

Boat speed limits 32

Limit human access 17

FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ISLAND YES NO UNDECIDED

Preserve natural areas 38 0 0

Bridge to Quebec 1 28 1

Marina 5 21 1

Boat launch 9 15 7

Develop park/beach area 30 2 3

COMMENTS

Better washrooms to cover the whole season

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX B

# of # of Cause Picnic area total

Counts days picnic boat beach Way Total attend. attend.

May

31

12

284

81

171

322

858

3075

 

 

June

73

21

552

98

469

299

1418

3943

10,129

July

134

31

1344

228

349

564

2485

6852

12,669

August

139

31

1154

171

87

673

2085

6196

11,194

September

115

30

730

87

50

295

1162

3400

5417

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23,466

48,697

Various car counts (parked cars) were taken since May of this year at four locations, the picnic area parking lot, the boat launch area south of the picnic area parking lot, at the bend in the road nearest the sand operation, and both sides of the causeway. The beach area was blocked off with a steep berm on June 28 and a fence was added on July 12, this explains the decrease in cars parked at this location.

An extrapolation of these values based on the picnic area parking and attendance figures was used to estimate the total use of the Island for recreational purposes. This figure approaches 50,000 visitors.

Several counts of the boats on the river beach of the sand operation were taken on the dates listed below: Sun June 20 2:00 p.m. 80 boats 264 people

Sun Aug 1 3:00 p.m. 31 boats

 

A more detailed breakdown of the picnic area attendance is show below:

One week day and one week end day, the rest of the users included first time visitors, nature viewers, coffee break, readers, occasional business person or student:

Sun Aug 22 9 a.m - 9 p.m. 147 groups 420 people

Tue Aug 24 9 a.m. - 9 p.m,. 110 groups 302 people

Groups:

# PICNICKERS # PEOPLE WITH DOGS # WITH BIKES # FISHING

Aug 22 24 (20%) 18 (13%) 16 (10%) 4 (1%)

Aug 24 40 (36%) 12 (11%) 8 (7%) 4 (2%)

Other spot checks made during Jan to May showed that as many as 90 cars could be on the ice for ice fishing. The first and last area used each season is the inland boat launch area, all the fishing shacks were gone by March 20, but there was still some ice fishing. Flooding this year occurred in the week of April 5 to 10 and the use of the island started to increase as soon as the waters receded.