This summer, the Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) will once again partner with the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) and the Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association (SRPA) to offer free regional park passes, available for borrowing at local libraries.
As per a report, from May 18 to September 15, people with a valid library card can borrow a pass from any Saskatchewan library and enjoy a seven-day loan period with free access to nearly 100 regional parks across the province.
Last year’s pilot project distributed 800 passes, which circulated over 5,500 times, but only to participating library branches.
This year, 1,200 passes will be available for distribution to all regional library branches, libraries in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, and university libraries in Saskatoon and Regina. Residents can borrow passes from Kindersley’s Library starting today.
“We are thrilled to once again join forces with our partners and expand this year’s program to provide even more access to the many benefits of connecting to nature,” said SPRA President Jody Boulet.
Saskatchewan’s regional parks provide a range of recreational opportunities for residents, from scenic hikes and lakes to secluded camping spots and world-class golf courses. The program aims to reduce barriers to participation and inspire people to connect with nature.
Passes must be borrowed in person and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Library customers are encouraged to contact their local branch to ensure availability.
The Free Park Pass Lending Program not only supports the outdoor recreation industry by making regional parks more accessible but also promotes a healthier, active lifestyle for Saskatchewan residents. Outdoor activities have been known to improve mental and physical health, and this initiative encourages people to explore the natural beauty Saskatchewan has to offer.
For more information on the Free Park Pass Lending Program and participating libraries, residents are encouraged to visit the SLA’s website.
By providing this opportunity for free access to regional parks, the program contributes to the growth and sustainability of the outdoor recreation industry in Saskatchewan, demonstrating the power of partnerships between libraries and recreational organizations.