Alberta provincial parks will be getting a five-year makeover.
The Alberta Government announced that they are implementing a five-year $239 million plan to expand and revitalize the provincial park system, starting with $54.2 million this year.
“We added one million people to Alberta in the last 10 years but we didn’t expand our park, and a lot of folks who came to Alberta in the last 10 are young families looking for those high-quality outdoor experiences,” said Environment Minister Shannon Phillips.
Phillips said the plan is to spend the money in a variety of ways, from new trails, playgrounds, picnic tables and other park improvements.
The government is also aiming to make the parks more inclusive.
“We are refurbishing some of our cabins that are designed for people with disabilities,” said Phillips. “That’s in addition to some of the programming that Alberta parks run, they really try to reach out to new Canadians and disadvantaged youth, all kinds of different people to make sure that everyone gets access to those great outdoors experiences.”
In tandem with the new plan, the Ministry of Environment and Parks announced that there will be an increased enforcement effort in provincial parks and on public land.
“We have had lots of instances in Alberta of people not following the rules on public land, leaving garbage, riding OHVs, discharging firearms when it’s inappropriate to do so, the list goes on. Responsible users don’t want to see that kind of thing.” Phillips stated.
“We think all Albertans want to have parks and public land that we can all be proud of.”(BM)