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Delta throwback: A 'Pioneer Town' theme park pitched

Proponents promised project would bring sizable tax revenue
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Delta's reeve was Clarence Taylor for much of the 1960s. The title would later be called mayor.

Let’s take another step back to the March 1966 pages of the Delta Optimist and check out a story about a proposed theme park at what was then known as the Tsawwassen Indian reserve.

Delta council was asked to endorse the theme park proposed to be constructed between the new South Delta golf course and the marina site south of Highway 17.

Frank Lees and Bill Davidson, two of the principals for the proposed development, outlined plans for a complex which would include a “Pioneer Town” and other features.

Two sizable lakes would be created on the 114 acres owned by the Tsawwassen Indian Band.

Lees reported negotiations had been underway during the past year with the band had recently passed a resolution favouring the proposal.

He said the Department of Indian Affairs had voiced no objection, and they were awaiting a decision from Ottawa.

Lees also emphasized the development would not be a Playland-type of operation, and estimated it would bring a $100,000 payroll within two years.

Council authorized Reeve Clarence Taylor to carry out discussions with the principles and bring back his recommendations on the venture.

The proposal fell by the wayside, but was not supported anyway.