Water intake upgrade at Paint Lake among $16.6 million in provincial park improvements

An upgraded water treatment plant intake at Paint Lake Provincial Park and a playground structure at Gyles campground in Grass River Provincial Park are among $16.6 million worth of provincial park improvements announced by the Manitoba government Oct. 16.

The province is committing $581,000 to upgrade the water treatment plant intake at Paint Lake and has spent $425,000 for playground equipment at Gyles and four other campgrounds and parks across Manitoba, as well as a community centre at Grand Beach Provincial Park.

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Various improvements are also being made at Clearwater Lake, Whiteshell, Grand Beach, Spruce Woods, Winnipeg Beach, Lundar Beach, Rainbow, Birds Hill, Hecla/Grindstone, Nopiming, Moose Lake and Turtle Mountain provincial parks

“Provincial parks have been invaluable to Manitobans during the COVID-19 pandemic and these investments and upgrades will provide even better recreational destinations to people across our province,” said Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard in a press release.

The province is also engaging with provincial park cottage owners to create new cottage fee models. Cottage lease and service fees will increase by two per cent per year over the next three years, adding $25 to the average cottage owner’s annual bill beginning in 2021. A new cottage fee model is expected to be developed within three years.

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