Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park To Receive $1.4 Million in Improvements
Written by Jessica Vallee on Thursday, 07 August 2014
Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty gave the announcement yesterday at an event held at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.
Work will begin late this summer on upgrades to the potable water system and the electrical at some campsites at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.
“We’re expanding the elecrical service to three different campgrounds within this park as well as we are expanding and enhancing the potable water system which needs upgrades and needs expansion, so two pretty exciting announcements for a park that is pretty well utilized by the people of this province,” said Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, Mark Docherty.
The ministry is teaming up with Sask Landing Regional Water Pipeline Utility to make sure the park has a long term potable water supply,by upgrading the existing storage and distribution systems to provide water to over 339 campsites and park facilities. This upgrading will be completed in time for the 2015 summer camping season and the total project cost will be more than $1 million dollars.
To be completed around late fall of this year, 67 non electric campsites in Nighthawk and Riverside Campgrounds will be receiving new electrical service while 47 campsites at Bearpaw Campground will have their electrical services upgraded to meet current code requirements and modern recreational vehicle standards.
Docherty says the Landing is a park that is well utilized by Saskatchewan residents:
“I was talking with some of my colleges about parks and I was talking about how much we utilize our parks. On opening day when we get 20,000 people accessing a reservation system, it’s amazing, we love our parks here,” said Docherty.
In 2013, the provincial park system set a record 3.7 million visits, and the Landing recorded 198,486 of those visits.
The 2014-15 Budget has increased funding to provincial parks by 4.6% this year.
This includes capital and maintenance spending which will hit record levels with $14.9 million identified for upgrades and new construction projects.
“We’re going to continue to invest in the parks because the people of the province love their parks, they have made it very clear to us to keep expanding and give people more opportunity to enjoy, so it’s fantastic,” said Docherty.
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