More Investments in Southern Saskatchewan Provincial Parks
The Government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $10.4 million in facility and infrastructure improvements in southern provincial parks in 2021-22. A total investment of over $18.1 million will be made across Saskatchewan's provincial parks system this year.
"Improving park facilities and infrastructure is an ongoing priority for our Government," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. "As we continue to welcome visitors to our parks each year, it is important that we provide amenities that are safe and accessible to all. This year's provincial park investments will give both campers and day-users much to look forward to next season."
Along with ongoing improvements to washrooms, docks, day-use facilities and signage, upgrades scheduled for completion prior to the 2022 camping season in southern Saskatchewan provincial parks include:
- New group pavilion developments in day-use areas of Echo Valley and Buffalo Pound Provincial Parks;
- A new visitor reception centre and campground service centre for Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park;
- A campground development at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park providing 60 serviced campsites and a new campground service centre;
- Renovation of the former ski chalet at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park and repurposing to serve as a new park visitor centre;
- Renovation of a resource centre building at Echo Valley Provincial Park;
- Accessible paths and picnic sites in day-use areas at Buffalo Pound and Echo Valley Provincial Parks;
- A new playground structure and trail upgrades at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park;
- Upgrade and expansion of the sewage lagoon at Rowan's Ravine Provincial Park; and
- Park road improvements at Douglas Provincial Park and other park locations in partnership with Ministry of Highways.
Upgrades that began in 2020-21 and are now complete in southern provincial parks include:
- New campground service centres at Saskatchewan Landing and Good Spirit Lake Provincial Parks;
- Electrical system upgrades and a new maintenance building at Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park;
- Shoreline stabilization and accessible picnic sites/ paths at Rowan's Ravine Provincial Park;
- Swimming pool building upgrades at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park;
- Refurbishing of historic, stone cabins at Moose Mountain Provincial Park; and
- Upgrade and expansion of the sewage lagoon at Duck Mountain Provincial Park.
Between 2007 to 2021, capital investment and preventative maintenance in parks reached a total value of more than $141 million. Improvements planned for 2021-22 will further increase the total investment to nearly $160 million since 2007.