Alberta is spending $239 million to upgrade provincial parks. Shannon Phillips announced the investment on the south lawn of the Legislature, suggesting the previous government hadn’t done enough.
“It’s time to catch up and restore our parks to a level we can all be proud of,” Phillips said.
The money is for five years and the goal is to increase tourism by fixing up parks that have been neglected.
“A number of recreation and tourism related opportunities that are quite frankly being thwarted through a lack of infrastructure. Larger RVs and so on, and electricity hook ups are simply not available to the extent that they ought to be in Alberta campgrounds.”
“That’s to say nothing of the supporting infrastructure, the water and wastewater treatment, those kinds of things that have just been neglected.”
“We’ve got approximately 8,500 full time jobs with in Alberta Parks right now. Capital upgrades and so on and maintenance are seasonal activities so it’s hard to estimate the exact number of jobs over the course of this year. but we are looking at hundreds of jobs.”
“There is a significant backlog in both the ongoing maintenance and the capital pieces with in Alberta parks. Many of our facilities have been rated in poor condition.”
“Over time this is a way for the province to bring in new revenues that we were previously taking a pass on, particularly with larger recreational vehicles and so on.”
(630 CHED News)
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