REGINA — The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $10.3 million into several renewal projects across the province’s park system.
The park upgrades are a portion of the province’s $7.5 billion two-year capital plan to stimulate the economy and lessen the economic impact of COVID-19.
“Provincial parks are popular year-round destinations. This stimulus funding provides additional facility and infrastructure improvements to build a stronger Saskatchewan, ensuring visitors will continue enjoying these unique spaces now and for years to come,” said Saskatchewan Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky in a statement.
Among the projects announced are a campground development at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and a new campground service centre and visitor reception centre at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.
Day-use pavilions to accommodate a growing number of visitor groups will be built at Pike Lake, Buffalo Pound, Blackstrap and Echo Valley Provincial Parks.
The interior and exterior of the Holy Trinity Historic Church in Lac La Ronge Provincial Park will be refurbished and an accessible campsite development is planned for Rowan’s Ravine, the Battlefords, Pike Lake and Great Blue Heron Provincial Parks. Upgrades are also in the works for park roads, water/wastewater systems and maintenance facilities.
The stimulus projects are on top of $10 million for capital improvements and $1.6 million for capital maintenance in provincial parks in 2020-21, which include campground service centre replacements at Pike Lake and Good Spirit Lake Provincial Parks, completion of the swimming pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park and interior renovations at the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park pool building.