Concept for children's ninja line
We are pleased to have two donors facilitate the purchase of "The Silent Partner" - a tennis ball serving machine, a cover for the machine, and a tennis ball collector / hopper. This new equipment is now available at the Waskesiu Recreation Association's tennis courts.
Ready Rack Storage Lockers completed August 2019
Recreation facilities are one of the cornerstones of the Waskesiu experience. The Waskesiu Foundation, the Waskesiu Recreation Association, Parks Canada Agency and the Waskesiu Community Council, are all working collaboratively to revitalize Waskesiu’s recreation facilities. Completing 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 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 popular destination for so many.
Short term objectives already completed:
Objectives to be completed in 2020/21:
Mid to longer-term objectives:
Why renew Waskesiu's aging recreation facilities?
How can you support the Recreation Area Renewal?
Want more information? Please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any of our projects with you.
Tennis ball serving machine and ball collector completed May 2019
A plaque was installed in June, 2020 in the camp kitchen across from Eagle street: "A heart and soul as beautiful as a Waskesiu sunset. In loving memory of Judy Persson Thomas".
"Canoe Chaos" mini golf hole - Little AL's Mini Golf course was completed in 2018. For more information on mini golf, click here
In a dollar matching program with Parks Canada, we funded equipment in 2019. The Ready Rack Storage Locker system has been implemented in fire departments across North America and is quickly becoming one of the more popular storage systems for turnout gear. It has a steel design that allows complete air movement/exposure on all four sides.
The hydrovent nozzle is designed and intended to be placed into the fire room from the outside and left unattended. This nozzle pulls heat and smoke away from victims and firefighters while dropping room temperatures at the same time.
The Waskesiu Foundation and Parks Canada Agency partnered to build a multi-season camp kitchen completed in October 2019 at the new day use area on the site of the former Crean Lake warden cabin. It is located at the mouth of the channel from the Heart Lakes into Crean Lake. It is accessible by boat in the summer and by the Crean cross-country ski trail in the winter. The area will also have signage commemorating the warden service in the park. Many thanks to the Surkan family who sponsored the camp kitchen in memory of their parents Metro and Helen Surkan.
Collaboration helps increase visitor safety – moving rocks from Crean Lake channel
The channel into Crean Lake is shallow and some large rocks provide a public safety hazard. The Waskesiu Foundation Inc. and volunteers, in collaboration with Parks Canada, are leading a project to move the rocks. The Crean Lake channel, day use areas and trail/road are closed July 7, 8, 9, 2020 to enable the project to be completed safely and efficiently.
Gordie Howe Memorial Fitness Park with new flooring completed in 2019
Boulders from the Crean Channel will be "plucked" and moved to the side, restoring the channel to its natural state. The water level will remain shallow and the 8 km/hr speed limit will remain in place.
Construction will continue over the summer 2020 season on the sport court. More project details here
Recreational access to Crean Lake is limited to launching your watercraft at the Hanging Heart Lakes, then navigating through the three Hanging Heart Lakes. At the end of the third Heart lake it narrows to a channel, known as the Crean Channel, which gently winds its way into Crean Lake. The channel also provides boat access to the new day use area on the former warden's cabin site where a new camp kitchen was built in fall 2019 by the Waskesiu Foundation and Parks Canada.
According to local knowledge, the channel was dammed in the early years of Prince Albert National Park. When the man made dam was removed to restore the natural water flow many years ago, not all the boulders and rocks which remained under the water were removed. The water is so shallow that boaters have a difficult time navigating the portion of the channel where the dam had been located, even at idling speeds, without hitting rocks which can damage their motor or boat.
To address safety concerns and restore the Crean Channel to its natural state, the Foundation has a project underway to move the rocks away from the center of the channel. Approved last fall/winter by Parks Canada Agency and the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and endorsed by the elected Waskesiu Community Council, the project will proceed (and the rocks will be moved) as soon as the weather permits access.
The project is anticipated to cost up to $12,000 and, thanks to our donors, it is fully funded. Special thanks to volunteers Rick Lokken and Kerry Paul who assisted by leading the fundraising effort. You may still donate now and select "Crean Channel" in the drop down menu. Your donation will go towards future projects in that locale or where needed most in Waskesiu and area.
Parks Canada has agreed to supply their barge and George Ritchie of Ritchie Construction will supply staff and equipment at cost. George describes the "plucking" procedure as using a mechanical rock hook on a small barge to pick up and move the rocks so as to minimize disturbance of the channel bottom. The project's parameters are to avoid disturbing or removing aquatic vegetation, natural wood debris, sand or other materials from the banks, shoreline, or the bed of the channel.
The water level will remain shallow and the 8 km/hr speed limit will remain unchanged after the project work is complete.
Multi-season camp kitchen at Crean Lake, completed October 2019
The Waskesiu Foundation and Parks Canada Agency partnered to refurbish the camp kitchen across from Eagle street in the Waskesiu townsite a number of years ago. Camp kitchens are a wonderful place for families and loved ones to gather to share a special picnic, enjoy a fire and spend some quality time together.
In February, the family of Judy Persson Thomas contacted us wanting to have something in the park to honour her memory. Judy's father was a civil engineer for Parks Canada. Her family was living in Prince Albert National Park when Judy was born. It was the most special place in the world for her.
Judy's family wanted to have her love of Waskesiu shared with others for years to come. Heartfelt thanks to the Thomas family for sponsoring this camp kitchen in honour of Judy's memory.
Concept for outdoor table tennis
The Waskesiu Foundation partnered with the Waskesiu Recreation Association to construct an outdoor fitness park on the WRA grounds which was dedicated on August 5, 2018 by Murray Howe, son of hockey star Gordie Howe. He unveiled 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 is a tribute to Mr. Hockey, who in life symbolized the best in physical fitness, human kindness, humility and compassion.
The fitness park is so popular that the grass below it did not withstand the foot traffic. A new floor of athletic tiles was installed in spring 2019. It will give users more solid footing and protect their joints from impacts. There will no longer be excuses to avoid box jumps!
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