Recreation facilities are one of the cornerstones of the Waskesiu experience. The Waskesiu Foundation, the Waskesiu Recreation Association, the Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce, Parks Canada Agency and the Waskesiu Community Council, are all working collaboratively to revitalize Waskesiu’s recreation facilities. The Waskesiu Recreation Area Renewal is also identified by the community as a key project within Waskesiu's "Vision 2020 and Beyond" Community Action Plan.
The Waskesiu Recreation Association is a newly constituted, volunteer driven, non-profit organization responsible for Waskesiu’s recreation facilities and activities, and also leads, or assists with, many of the prominent events that have made Waskesiu a destination for so many.
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Why renew Waskesiu's aging recreation facilities?
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SaskTel DSL high speed internet is coming to Waskesiu! The Community Council, Parks Canada and SaskTel signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in mid-December 2017 where SaskTel agreed to have the DSL High Speed Internet service up and running for the summer of 2018. See the details here.
The Waskesiu Foundation is partnering with the Waskesiu Recreation Association to construct an outdoor fitness park on the WRA grounds to be ready for summer 2018. Enjoy the same activities as you do at your gym at home to stay fit. It will be complemented by a set of fitness accessories including things like kettle balls, battle ropes, climbing ropes gymnastic rings, and athletic bands. Whether you like box jumps, med ball throws, ab crunches, pull-ups, skinning the cat or pistol squats, you can do it all here.
There will be a dedication ceremony at 1 PM on August 5, following a book signing of "Nine Lesson I Learned From My Father" by author Murray Howe, son of hockey star Gordie Howe. He will unveil a plaque naming the facility as the Gordie Howe Memorial Fitness Park. Gordie Howe's favourite place on earth was Waskesiu. He spent years here working at the Waskesiu Golf Course and fishing with his on-ice rival Johnnie Bower. The fitness park will be a tribute to Mr. Hockey, who in life symbolized the best in physical fitness, human kindness, humility and compassion.
The Waskesiu Foundation and Parks Canada Agency are partnering to build a multi-season camp kitchen for 2019 at the new day use area on the site of the former Crean Lake warden cabin at the mouth of the Channel from the Heart Lakes into Crean Lake. It is acccessible by boat in the summer and by the Crean cross-country ski trail in the winter. The area will also have signange commemorating the warden service in the park.
The new camp kitchen will be the same plan as the multi-season camp kitvhen near the main beach in Waskesiu, as pictured to the right.
Shack Tent Replacement
We are pleased to partner with the Waskesiu Heritage Museum to replace the Shack Tent, its key exhibit. The existing Shack Tent has deteriorated to the point wherer it can no longer be repaired, and the Waskesiu Foundation is funding the purchasse of new materials to replace it. The new Shack Tent will be built off-site with volunteer labourand moved to Waskesiu in spring 2018.
In partnership with the Lobstick Golf Club at the Waskesiu Golf Course, a trophy shelf was added to the Clubhouse in August 2017 to properly display the trophies that represent some memorable golf played on this renowned golf course.
In partnership with Parks Canada and a donation from the RCMP golf tournament, the Waskesiu Foundation helped to fund the purchase of two newer breathing apparatus.
Multi-season camp kitchen similar to planned camp kitchen at Crean Lake
Waskesiu Fire Dept. Breathing Apparatus
The mini-golf course will contribute to the Waskesiu experience.
Net profits generated will be shared between donations to the Waskesiu Foundation and improved recreational programs and facilities by the Waskesiu Recreational Association, including mid to longer-term projects listed here.
Fitness Park in action.
Beaver and lodge for mini golf hole18
Waskesiu Golf Course Club House
Community Message Centre May 2017
Waskesiu Foundation - Enhancing the Waskesiu Experience
A charitable organization supporting recreational, social, cultural and environmental activities that enhance the Waskesiu experience
Shack tent to be replaced
Bear and mini-golf hole under construction