The City of Prince Albert is midway through a major riverbank stabilization project at Little Red River Park. The project started in mid-September to address significant erosion of the riverbank that was encroaching on park amenities including safe access to walkways and park space. Using natural vegetation in the process, 800 metres will be rebuilt to ensure the long-term, future stability of the riverbank and the integrity of the river system which is an integral feature of the Park and habitat for a variety of aquatic and wildlife species.
The infrastructure project will address a number of issues at the park including:
· protecting the riverbanks and park infrastructure from erosion and high flow events;
· improving the ecological function of the water course by addressing erosion conditions
· improving aquatic habitat for fish and other animals and improving water quality;
· re-establishing native grasses, shrubs and trees along the riverbanks for protection against erosion; and
· regaining safe space for walking trails.
“A long term improvement plan for Little Red River Park will be started in 2018. This was one of the needs expressed by residents through the Community Services Master Planning survey completed earlier this year,” said Jody Boulet, Director of Community Services for the City of Prince Albert. “The stabilization project is essential for the park and lays the groundwork for any future improvements that will be considered.”
The $1.18 million construction project is being funded jointly through the Pehonan Parkway reserve fund ($436,000) and from contributions from Husky Oil ($749,000) following some damages that were experienced at the park during the oil spill crisis.
Little Red River Park has a concession at the Cosmo Lodge, toboggan hill, ski and snowboard hill, snowshoeing and cross country ski trails. Other popular activities include walking, hiking, mountain biking, and use of fire pits and picnic shelters for family and group get together’s. Work at the park is monitored full time throughout construction to ensure that environmental impacts of the construction are mitigated.
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