The province has announced $3.6 million in new funding for provincial park upgrades in North West Saskatchewan this year including the Battlefords and Meadow Lake provincial parks.
"There are lots of improvements going on in those areas, including new campground service centres, boat launch improvements, campground electrical upgrades and expansions, and wastewater system improvements as well," Byron Davis, executive director of Saskatchewan's parks and infrastructure, told battlefordsNOW Friday.
Davis said the Battlefords Provincial Park will receive about $750,000 this year to construct a new water treatment plant which is scheduled to be completed in 2019 for the total project. The work will start in the fall of 2018. The total park water system improvement project will cost about $1 million.
The Battlefords park area has also already received a new digital messaging sign that was installed to communicate important information to park visitors, the province said in its release.
Meadow Lake Provincial Park will receive over $2 million in funding for a number of upgrade projects for this fiscal year, prior to the 2019 camping season.
The province's release states the improvement projects include two new campground service centres and major road improvements at Kimball Lake and Greig Lake campgrounds.
The funding also covers boat launch upgrades and a parking-lot expansion at the Greig Lake boat launch, and roof repairs at the Greig Lake interpretive centre; electrical upgrades and an expansion at the Murray Doell Campground; and major upgrades to the wastewater system at Kimball Campground.
"Our facilities and infrastructure are an important part of our visitors' overall park experience," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said in a statement. "In the North West region, the improvements being made will help ensure park safety, increase accessibility and convenience, while continuing to make our parks enjoyable places for families."
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