June 7, 2011

Manitoba’s Backyard Makeover Continues with Beach, Campsite Expansions:  Premier

Birds Hill Provincial Park will undergo a major makeover over the next five years that will significantly improve the popular outdoor adventure and camping destination for Manitoba families, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

“Birds Hill Park is a great getaway for families to easily escape the city for a day or two,” said Selinger.  “We know how much Manitobans love getting outdoors to relax and enjoy our fantastic summers and these improvements will allow more families to have an even better experience at the park.”

The Birds Hill Provincial Park makeover is the largest single-park investment in the government’s plan to invest $100 million in provincial parks over the next five years, Selinger said.  An estimated 730,000 people visit Birds Hill Park every year, making it the busiest park in the provincial park system.  Development plans over the next five years will address some of the areas of heaviest demand on the park, including the campground and beaches.

The Birds Hill Provincial Park redevelopment plan includes:

* expanding the campground to include approximately 100 new fully serviced campsites, modern washrooms and new play areas;

* expanding the existing lake and beach area to accommodate more visitors;

* expanding and improving beach amenities such as new concessions and play areas, new beach volleyball and tennis courts, additional picnic areas and pathway connections, and new washrooms;

* constructing a new visitor centre, which will welcome people to Birds Hill Park and introduce visitors to the recreational and educational opportunities within the park and offer information about the Manitoba provincial park system; and

* upgrading roadways and buildings.

The approximate cost for the Birds Hill Provincial Park redevelopment is $22 million over the next five years, the premier said.

“Our investment ensures more families than ever can enjoy Manitoba’s most visited provincial park,” said Selinger.  “The government is committed to ensuring our park system is one of the best in Canada.  We have a lot to be proud of and it’s time to show the world our backyard.”

The Manitoba provincial park free entry program is in effect for the third consecutive year to ensure that all families have access to the province’s natural outdoor playground, he added.

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