PRINCE ALBERT, SASK. — A major riverbank stabilization project at Little Red River Park has rounded the bend, reaching the midway mark.
According to the City of Prince Albert, the project started in mid-September and is being carried out to address significant erosion of the riverbank as it was encroaching on park amenities including access to walkways and park space.
Approximately 800 metres will be rebuilt using natural vegetation in order to ensure the long-term stability of the riverbank as well as the integrity of the river system.
The city states the project will address the following issues at the park including:
• protecting the riverbanks and park infrastructure from erosion and high flow events;
• improving the ecological function of the water course;
• improving aquatic habitat for fish and other animals and improving water quality;
• re-establishing native grasses, shrubs and trees along the riverbanks; and
• regaining safe space for walking trails.
The project cost is $1.18 million and is being funded jointly through the Pehonan
Parkway reserve fund, which is providing $436,000, and from contributions from Husky Oil with $749,000, following some damages that were experienced at the park during the oil spill crisis, the city explains.
Work at the park is being monitored full time throughout construction to ensure environmental impacts of the construction are mitigated.
"A long-term improvement plan for Little Red River Park will be started in 2018. This was one of the needs expressed by residents through the Community Services Master Planning survey completed earlier this year," said Jody Boulet, director of community services for the City of Prince Albert, in a statement. "The stabilization project is essential for the park and lays the groundwork for any future improvements that will be considered."