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.
Short term objectives:
In planning stages for deployment:
Mid to longer-term objectives:
Why renew Waskesiu's aging recreation facilities?
How will the Recreation Renewal continue?
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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!
The Waskesiu Foundation and Parks Canada Agency are partnering to build a multi-season camp kitchen for fall 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.
The new camp kitchen will be the same plan as the multi-season camp kitchen near the main beach in Waskesiu, as pictured to the right.
Tennis Ball Serving Machine and Collector
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 a tennis ball collector / hopper. This new equipment will be available at the Waseksiu Recreation Association's tennis courts, beginning in spring 2019
Waskesiu Fire Department
In a dollar matching program with Parks Canada, we are funding equipment to be purchased 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.
Multi-season camp kitchen similar to planned camp kitchen at Crean Lake
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.
Ready Rack Storage Lockers
"Canoe Chaos" mini golf hole
Gordie Howe Memorial Fitness Park with new flooring
Tennis ball serving machine and ball collector
More sport court project details here
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