This year, both campers and day-users will have much to look forward to with the southern Saskatchewan province park. A report said that in 2021-2022, the Saskatchewan government would invest approximately $10.4 million in infrastructure and facility improvements.
It’s part of the $18.1 million being spent by the government for provincial parks across Saskatchewan this year.
In the report, Laura Ross, Saskatchewan’s parks and culture minister, stated that improving park amenities and facilities is a priority of their government.
All facilities are being upgraded, including washrooms, docks, and day-use facilities. Other upgrades are expected to be completed before the 2022 camping season at southern Saskatchewan provincial parks.
This includes new group pavilions in Echo Valley and Buffalo Pound Provincial Parks, new visitor reception and campground service center, 60 new campsites with service, and a new campground services center for Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, and more.
Part of the renovation projects is the rehabilitation of an old ski chalet in Buffalo Pound Provincial Park for use as a visitor center, renovation and expansion of Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park’s sewage lagoon, and renovation of the Echo Valley Provincial Park resource center.
Day-use areas in Buffalo Pound Provincial Parks include trails, and picnic spots will also be upgraded. Another is that Cypress Hills Interprovincial park has a new playground structure and trails upgrades.
Park road improvements in Douglas Provincial Park and other locations in parks in partnership with the Ministry of Highways are also included.
Meanwhile, projects that were initiated in 2020-21 and are now completed in southern provincial parks.
Saskatchewan Landing, Good Spirit Lake Provincial Parks, now home to new campground service centers, is part of the completed projects. Upgrades to the electrical system and construction of a new maintenance facility in Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park.
In Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park, shoreline stabilization, accessible picnic spots/paths have taken place. Other completed projects include upgrades to swimming pool construction at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and refurbishing historical stone cabins in Moose Mountain Provincial Park.
Also, upgrades and expansions are being made to the Duck Mountain Provincial Park sewage lagoon, the report said.