REGINA, SASK. – The government of Saskatchewan is investing in facility and infrastructure improvements for southern provincial parks over 2019-20.
Over the first year the provincial government will put $7.8 million towards the improvements, with $11 million over the second year.
“Whether coming out for the day or spending the week, our southern provincial parks are popular destinations for families. Investing in park improvements continues to be a priority for our ministry. With a number of exciting projects scheduled to take place in the southern parks this year, visitors will have much to look forward to in the upcoming camping season,” provincial Parks, Culture and Sport minister Gene Makowsky said.
Upgrades include a swimming pool and facility replacement at Buffalo Pound along with completion of boat launch improvements, significant road improvements in Echo Valley, a campground electrical upgrade and expansion at Pike Lake and Saskatchewan Landing, and boat launch upgrades at Crooked Lake and Moose Mountain. Full-service campsites are also planned for Rowan’s Ravine, as is the first phase of water system upgrades at Duck Mountain.
Upgrades started during 2018-19 that are now complete include a new visitor reception centre and full service campsite at Echo Valley along with water system expansions, campground electrical upgrades and expansions at Moose Mountain and Cypress Hills, swimming pool building and waterslide improvements at Pike Lake, and a water system expansion at Moose Mountain.
Investment and capital maintenance in Saskatchewan’s provincial parks from 2007-08 to 2018-2019 had a total value of more than $116 million and the new investments will raise that total to more than $127 million since 2007.