Trail users in Saskatoon now have an extra kilometer of paved trail to wander as they enjoy the Meewasin Valley.
Meewasin announced today that they are extending the Meewasin Trail in the northwest sector of Saskatoon. This project includes one km of construction between Whiteswan Drive and Adilman Drive at a cost of $400,000, and adds to the more than 60 km of trail in the Meewasin Valley. The new section follows the South Saskatchewan River and provides a particularly scenic vista of this natural area and waterway. This section is a key link in the trail that will eventually be extended to Wanuskewin Heritage Park. More detailed plans are already underway for an extension to Kinnear Drive.
The Government of Saskatchewan through the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport provided $100,000 to support the construction of this portion of the trail, with private donors providing $140,000. The remainder comes from Meewasin’s statutory funding and general donations. Trans Canada Trails Association provided more than $40,000 to fund trail design.
“The Meewasin Valley Trail is one of the great urban trail systems in Canada,” Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson said. “The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to be a partner in this project which will further enhance the quality of life for the people of Saskatoon, and encourage visitors to explore the area.”
As part of the celebration, the Saskatoon’s Happy Soles Walking Club struck out for a walk on the Meewasin Trail followed by Minister Hutchinson, Mayor Donald Atchison, Meewasin chair, Jack Vicq and CEO, Susan Lamb.
Meewasin CEO Susan Lamb presented each of the funding partners with walking sticks as a token of appreciation. “Partnerships such as these are extremely helpful for Meewasin, expanding our ability to do important upgrades and conservation work in the Meewasin Valley.”
For more information, contact Susan Lamb or Doug Porteous at Meewasin at 665-6887
Background on the Meewasin Trails:
The Meewasin Trails follow the South Saskatchewan River through the heart of Saskatoon offering year-round recreation and sight-seeing opportunities for everyone. Cycle, jog or walk through the beautifully landscaped parks and natural areas. Access points are found throughout the city with maps, washrooms and interpretive signage along the route. The Meewasin Trails connect the following parks and sites of interest:
• Meewasin Park
• Capilano Lookout
• G.D. Archibald Park
• The Mendel Riverbank and Island Sanctuary
• Kinsmen Park
• Kiwanis Memorial Park
• Friendship Park
• River Landing
• Victoria Park and Boathouse
• Sutherland Beach
• Cosmopolitan Park and Lookout
• Rotary Park and Lookout
• The Marr Residence
• Gabriel Dumont Park
• Diefenbaker Park and Pioneer Cemetery
• Saskatoon Natural Grasslands
• Peterrsun’s Ravine
• The Weir
The University of Saskatchewan Campus and the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo are also located on the Meewasin Trail.
Meewasin Trail Ambassadors, identifiable by their green Meewasin vests promote trail safety and volunteer at special events.