November 16, 2015

Government Keeps $10 Million Commitment in Provincial Parks

The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that it has achieved its commitment of investing an additional $10 million over four years into the provincial park system.  The total investment in capital projects and capital maintenance over the past four years is more than $53 million.

“Saskatchewan’s provincial parks are a key component of our quality of life here in the province,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said.  “This enhanced investment over the past four years, along with our total increased investment since 2007, has helped us to improve the experience for current visitors and ensure that our park infrastructure will remain stable for years to come.”

Since 2012, the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport has undertaken more than 140 capital projects within the provincial park system, including expansion and growth opportunities as well as critical infrastructure improvements.

Some of the investments include:

  • More than $7.5 million on water and wastewater system upgrades;
  • $7.5 million on campsite electrical expansion and upgrade work;
  • $7.0 million on replacing or upgrading campground and day use service centres;
  • $6.0 million on developing new campsites, including a brand new campground at each of Blackstrap and Greenwater Lake Provincial Parks;
  • More than $3.5 million on park roads and trail systems;
  • More than $1.0 million in improving and upgrading boat launches across the park system;
  • $1.7 million in campsite enhancements and furnishings; and
  • Upgrades to other park facilities, such as historic and interpretive facilities, shoreline protection systems, bridges, drainage systems, and playground structures.

Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $90 million in capital expenditures in provincial parks across the province.  The majority of these projects are already complete and the few that remain in progress will be complete and ready for park visitors in the summer of 2016.