City posts notice to terminate lease agreement with Edmonton Ski Club

After 106 years, the Edmonton Ski Club may have met its demise.

On Monday a note pasted on the door of the clubhouse in Gallagher Park says that the lease agreement between the City of Edmonton and the ski club will terminate on Dec. 10.

The letter from the city dated Nov. 9 reads, “Notice to terminate lease agreement between the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Ski Club for lease dated the 16th day of January 1997.”

The decision to close the ski club was not made by the city, said city Coun. Ben Henderson. The decision to close it was made by the ski club board, he said.

The problem with the lease, he said, is that if the club isn’t going to be operating this year it created problems with the legal conditions of the lease.

“And I don’t know if that is the final decision and I don’t think we’d get in the way of helping them operate if they wanted to, so I think this was just a way of making sure that everything is legally clear with the lease,” Henderson said.

He said he is meeting with ski club representatives next week to have a clearer idea of what the situation is.

“It’s just an informal meeting, which will hopefully bring me up to speed with what their thinking is and we can figure out how to continue to move forward,” he said. “And I don’t think in closing it they ever anticipated a permanent closure. I think their choice was just to not operate this season. Now whether or not they are in a position to revisit that I don’t know. I’d love to see them operate this year if there was a way to do it.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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