Ted Howell

Fire pit pledged to camp

Shaw Communications has pledged the cost for building a fire pit at Agur Lake Camp.

Shaw Communications has pledged the cost for building a fire pit at Agur Lake Camp.

Camp society president Carla Ohmenzetter said the society has contracted with Red Willow Forge in Summerland to build the fire pit.

“This is a one-of-a-kind fire pit, specifically designed to ensure safety of all including our wheelchair guests and will be a focal attraction for the wilderness camping experience,” Ohmenzetter said.

The fire pit will have a circular design with six uprights around the edge, strung with cable to keep people and wheelchairs safely away from the fire. Howell demonstrated how holes are punctured in the red hot uprights using his three-tonne Gamei which can press with 100-tonne force.

Once assembled the fire pit will allow people with special needs to get close enough to the fire to toast marshmallows, but  far enough away to be out of danger.

The wilderness camp is 20 kilometres west of Summerland, on the shores of Agur Lake.

The campers will be families with special needs members who would have difficulty accessing the resources in a regular camp facility.

The grand opening of the camp will be on July 6.

The fire pit will be put to use at that time.