Funding for accessibility projects, upcoming improvements at Sally’s Beach: province

0

Four northern provincial parks, including Bakers Narrows Provincial Park and Wekusko Falls Provincial Park, will have their renovations next year covered by a provincial parks fund.

Four northern provincial parks, including Bakers Narrows Provincial Park and Wekusko Falls Provincial Park, will have their renovations next year covered by a provincial parks fund.

The park repairs are part of a provincial funding package of approximately $1.1 million through the Provincial Parks Endowment Fund, as announced by Manitoba’s Department of Environment, Climate and Parks on August 26.

The fund includes projects that a provincial spokesperson said total about $132,000 in spending at four northern parks.

Bakers Narrows will see around $15,000 of work done at Sally’s Beach, with workers coming to bring more sand to the beach and repair the beach retaining wall.

At Wekusko Falls Provincial Park, two projects will be carried out to facilitate accessibility – first, beach access trails within the park itself (which will be constructed at the cost of approximately $25,000) and what the province is calling an “accessible non-modern toilet” for $15,000 – essentially, an outhouse that can be used by wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility.

Clearwater Lake Provincial Park will have two main solutions, with total funding of $40,000 sent to replace an accessible outhouse and changing room on the beach at Campers Cove Campground and $5,000 to build stairs along some parts from the Caves trail in the park.

Another major set of fixes will come to Grass River Provincial Park and, specifically, Iskwasum Campground. Iskwasum will see a complete replacement of the dock at the park’s boat ramp at a cost of $30,000.

In addition to the announced funds, $2,000 will be spent to equip Bakers Narrows, Clearwater Lake and Grass River parks with special canoes and kayaks.

Elsewhere in the province, more than 60 projects will be funded at Manitoba parks, including new accessible campgrounds, washrooms and offices in Whiteshell Provincial Park, yurt upgrades in four southern Manitoba parks and new telescopes in observation and trail maintenance at Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park in the Interlake.

Launched in 2021 with an initial investment of $20 million, the Provincial Parks Endowment Fund is expected to generate approximately $1 million annually to help improve the visitor experience at Manitoba’s provincial parks. in the provincial announcement.

Priority projects for funding, according to the ministry, came from responses through the province’s EngageMB survey system. Respondents to these surveys most often responded in favor of nature conservation, new activities and programs, and new infrastructure and facilities.

Share.

Comments are closed.