“The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes that the swimming pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is a key attraction for visitors,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “We are pleased to announce that a new swimming pool will open to the public during the summer of 2020.”
Demolition of the former pool facility is now complete. By the end of April, the final drawings will be complete and the successful construction contract should be in place by mid-June. Construction is slated to begin this summer and will continue through fall and early winter.
The new swimming pool is being designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users. The facility will be developed using universal design principles and will include a sloped accessible entry for young children or anyone with mobility concerns. The deeper portion of the pool will accommodate lane swimming and swimming lessons.
Two new buildings will be provided; a change-house and a building containing mechanical systems and admission services. Some existing facilities will be re-purposed, which will result in cost savings to the project. The original pool opened in 1972 and has been a key attraction for park visitors and therefore, re-development is a priority for this government. Preliminary estimates for the new facility including the pool, additional buildings and site developments are in the range of $2.5 million.
Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is located 20 minutes northeast of Moose Jaw and offers a balanced blend of nature and recreational opportunities. This park offers excellent hiking and biking trails, fishing, canoeing and kayaking opportunities. Visitors to this park can also enjoy migrant waterfowl viewing at Nicolle Flats Interpretive Area and on the Marsh Boardwalk.
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