Waskesiu Foundation - Enhancing the Waskesiu Experience

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A registered charity supporting recreational, social, cultural and environmental activities that enhance the Waskesiu experience

Ready Rack Storage Lockers completed August 2019

Tennis ball serving machine and ball collector completed May 2019

Gordie Howe Memorial Fitness Park with new flooring completed June 2019

"Canoe Chaos" mini golf hole,

Course was completed  2018

Hydrovent nozzle completed August 2019

More sport court project details here

Current Projects

Waskesiu Foundation inc. Current Projects

Weaskesiu Recreation Area Renewal is well underway

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:

Already completed:

  • Finalizing a "Master Plan"[Completed in 2017] for the area bounded by Montreal Drive and Waskesiu Drive to include:
    • Planning landscaping for the entire recreation area
    • identifying new activities and related facilities for the recreation area, with possibilities including  volleyball, basketball, bocce ball, fitness/yoga, shuffleboard., etc.
  • Adding the Gordie Howe Memorial Fitness Park fitness park [Completed in 2018 ]
  • Adding athletic tile flooring to the Gordie Howe Memorial Fitness Park [Completed in 2019 ]
  • Installing a new 18 hole mini-golf course[Completed in 2018 ] that reflects the unique character of Waskesiu and Prince Albert National Park. Imagine a first hole with a Lobstick tree in the middle! Or navigate your ball around a family of loons or pelicans, a rail cart or canoe, or re-created natural challenges like beaches and beaver dams.See photos  in ourgallery.
  • Adding tree carvings and WRA kiosk / donor kiosk [Completed in 2018 ]
  • Working with the Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce to install a "community message centre" [Completed in 2017] at the corner of Montreal Drive and Waskesiu Drive to better inform the community about events, programs and facilities
  • Converting two tennis courts to multi-use as tennis and pickle ball courts [Completed in 2016]
  • Refurbishing the horseshoe pits [Completed in summer 2018 ]

In planning stages for deployment:

  • Constructing multi-use sport court for basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, soccer/futsal, dodgeball and shuffleboard - fall 2019 to spring 2020
  • Refurbishing lawn bowling green - fall 2019 to spring 2020
  • Adding a picnic shelter
  • Developing a landscaping plan
  • Replacing/installing benches and pathways around the recreation grounds

Mid to longer-term objectives:

  • Repairing and renovating the existing recreation building (located near the tennis courts)
  • Repairing and upgrading the Paul Horne Arena for year round use

Why renew Waskesiu's aging recreation facilities?

  • Improves the recreational offering, and reinforces Waskesiu as Saskatchewan's premiere family
    vacation destination

  • Advances Waskesiu's Vision 2020 & Beyond process and Community Action Plan
  • Provides an important new revenue stream. Revenue will be shared between donations to the Waskesiu Foundation and improved recreational programs/facilities by the Waskesiu Recreation Association, including the projects listed above
  • The new mini-golf course and upgraded sport court facilities will:
    • be visually appealing, safe and available to all ages and levels of fitness
    • be wheelchair accessible
    • provide activities that residents and visitors can enjoy anytime, including during evenings and on "non-beach/lake days"
  • Improved recreation facilities help provide economic benefit to business operators within the Waskesiu townsite and supports Parks Canada’s mandate to increase visitation and revenue

How will the Recreation Renewal continue?

  • Make your tax deductible donation here and specify Waskesiu Recreation Renewal/mini-golf.
  • Charitable receipts will be issued for donations of $25 or more

Want more information? Please
contact us and we will be happy to discuss any of our projects with you. 

New flooring for Gordie Howe Memorial Fitness Park

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!

Crean Lake Day Use Area - New Camp Kitchen

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.

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 is now available at the Waskesiu Recreation Association's tennis courts.

Waskesiu Fire Department

​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.

Multi-season camp kitchen at Crean Lake, completed October 2019

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.