The government is spending $239 million over the next five years to improve Alberta’s provincial park system.
Upgrades will include new and improved campsites, hiking trails, shower buildings, playgrounds, expanded parking lots and refurbished day-use areas.
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says the investment supports the government’s move toward a diversified economy through increased tourism, and will create hundreds of jobs.
She adds it also supports the implementation of Alberta Parks’ commitments under the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, and the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan.
Regional projects include:
” Lakeland Provincial Park – addition of comfort cabins
” English Bay Provincial Recreation Area – campground redevelopment
” Young’s Point Provincial Park – playground and day-use area upgrades
” Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park – parking lot converted to a camping area
” Blackfoot-Cooking Lake Provincial Recreation Area – trail system upgrade
” Wabamun Lake Provincial Park – expansion of parking lots
” West Bragg Creek Provincial Recreation Area – trailhead expansion
” Sibbald Lake Provincial Recreation Area – campground and day-use area expansion and upgrades
” Cypress Hills Provincial Park – boardwalk redevelopment
” Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park – roadway upgrades and trail improvements
For the 2016-17 fiscal year, Alberta Parks is allocating:
” $16.22 million for maintenance funding (doubling to $33.98 in 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal years)
” $10 million for South Saskatchewan Regional Plan commitments
” $5 million for Lower Athabasca Regional Plan commitments
” $5.12 million for flood mitigation for the Kananaskis Country Golf Course
” $2 million for parks planning