Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park is getting some cash for maintenance and upgrades, the provincial government announced last week. It’s not for anything new or flashy – rather basic infrastructure stuff at a campground and the Boreal Centre.
According to government spokesperson Doug Neumann, the $1.7 million will go mainly to shower and outhouse facilities at the Marten River Campground, which are apparently in need of upgrades.
“There’s also funding for upgrades to the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation,” Neumann says. “Including basic infrastructure and maintenance which will help maintain the facility’s LEED gold certification. This includes measure to improve energy efficiency, minimize waste and stormwater management. The funding will also help to maintain the green features like the geothermal heating and cooling, water conservation and green building materials, all of which help the centre achieve that efficiency certification.”
BCBC executive director Patti Campsall says the funding is very much appreciated.
“Every day, we have the pleasure of seeing the centre through the eyes of our visitors, and even after 10 years of operations, they are still amazed at the beautiful architecture and all the innovative features such as the composting toilets and geothermal heating and cooling.”
The funding is part of a five-year, $239-million government plan to revitalize and expand the provincial parks system, said an Aug. 14 news release that included comments from Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips and Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee.
Said Larivee: “I’m looking forward to enjoying the revitalized park with my family, and encourage Albertans to experience the wonders of our beautiful region.”
A new wheelchair accessibility feature at the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park.