Adam and Nancy Ragan have been hired as the new caretakers for Peace Island Park.
The Ragans introduced themselves to District of Taylor councillors Monday, and made the move after managing a campground and RV park in Lac la Hache.
“It’s something we’re passionate about,” Adam Ragan said. “We always loved camping and thought what better way to enjoy it more than working a campground.”
The Ragans take over from Barb Bell, who retired from her post after a decade of managing the park.
Mayor Rob Fraser said the district was looking for a family operator instead of a corporate operator to maintain the family-friendly 109-hectare park.
“It felt right to use to have someone who chose the community as a place to live,” Fraser said. “Peace Island Park is an important part of the community. We want to make the park better and better every single year.”
The district plans to spend $204,784 on the park’s operations in 2018, and another $300,000 on capital improvements over the next five years.
The Ragans made headlines last summer during the Cariboo wildfires after hosting evacuees at the Fircrest RV Resort on Lac la Hache despite being under an evacuation alert themselves.
The Ragans noted they have high standards to meet in succeeding Bell.
“We have big shoes to fill, but we’re hoping two heads are better than one,” Nancy Ragan said.
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