The Manitoba government announced Friday an investment worth more than $1 million in its provincial parks.
Environment Climate and Parks Minister Jeff Wharton says the $1.1 million from the Provincial Parks Endowment Fund will support park enhancement projects. This year's funding will support 64 projects.
Launched in 2021 with an initial investment of $20 million, the Provincial Parks Endowment Fund is expected to generate approximately $1 million per year to help enhance visitor experiences at Manitoba's provincial parks. Priorities for the fund are determined through a process involving engagement of citizens and stakeholders.
The approved list of the 2022/23 projects includes:
- Accessibility improvements, including washrooms, building access and picnic tables at Birds Hill, Clearwater Lake, Nopiming, Paint Lake, Pisew Falls, Rainbow Beach, St. Malo, Wekusko Falls, and Whiteshell.
- Amphitheatre replacement at Hecla/Grindstone.
- Backcountry campsite improvements including picnic tables, fire pits, garden thrones, signs and docks at Pisew Falls, Nopiming, Turtle Mountain and Whiteshell.
- Beach improvements including picnic shelters and washrooms at Bakers Narrows, St. Malo and Wekusko Falls.
- Boat launch upgrades at Barkers Narrows, Clearwater Lake, Moose Lake and Grass River.
- Campground washroom and shower building upgrades at Asessippi, Duck Mountain, Grand Beach and Rivers.
- Campsite improvements, including site definition, signs and accessible sites at Duck Mountain and Grand Beach.
- Conservation and biodiversity enhancement including prairie management initiatives at Beaudry and Spruce Woods, invasive species control in multiple parks, and bat boxes for multiple parks.
- Trail upgrades including signs, non-modern washrooms and bridge/boardwalk repairs at Asessippi, Clearwater Lake, Birds Hill, Grand Beach, Hecla/Grindstone, Moose Lake, Nopiming, Spruce Woods and Whiteshell.
- Visitor centre siding replacement at Spruce Woods.
- Yurt repairs at Asessippi, Camp Morton, Spruce Woods and Stephenfield.