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Provincial parks upgrades will benefit families, create jobs

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The McLean Creek Provincial Recreation Area campground expansion is one of many projects under the government's $25.6 million capital investment in the Calgary-Kananaskis region — Photo courtesy Alberta government

Visitors will soon see new campsites and hiking trails, new shower buildings, more campsites with power, more picnic tables, expanded parking lots and refurbished day-use areas.

“Investing in our provincial parks will create more opportunities for families to enjoy the great outdoors while generating jobs, economic activity and tourism. The investments we are making today will ensure our children inherit these special places along with a stronger, more diversified economy.”

~Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

The province has earmarked more than $25 million in capital funding over the next five years in the Kananaskis-Calgary region to upgrade, maintain, expand and develop parks infrastructure for:

  • Bow Valley Provincial Park
  • Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
  • Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park
  • Big Hill Springs Provincial Park
  • Elbow River Provincial Recreation Area
  • Sibbald Lake Provincial Recreation Area
  • West Bragg Creek Provincial Recreation Area
  • Cobble Flats Provincial Recreation Area
  • McLean Creek Provincial Recreation Area
  • Gooseberry Provincial Recreation Area
  • Fallen Timber South Provincial Recreation Area
  • Kananaskis region (multiple capital maintenance projects)

The government’s investment will support implementation of Alberta Parks’ commitments under the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. It will also address facility upgrades and capital maintenance through Capital Maintenance and Renewal funding. Among the projects is Kananaskis Country’s West Bragg Creek Provincial Recreation Area trailhead parking lot expansion and added washroom facilities.

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