Wascana Park’s 100-year master plan is nearing revision
The masterplan for Regina’s Wascana Park is under review and residents are being asked what they would like to add to Queen City’s largest green space.
Dozens of people enjoyed the park last weekend. For Bert Elliot, skating on the lake was the big draw.
“I haven’t skated in 13 years, so I’ll try again,” Elliot told CTV News.
Wascana Park has been a recreation spot for over a century. A revision of the Regina stack should take place every 10 years.
“It’s a beautiful park. I think it’s the pearl of the prairies,’ said Laurent Sirois, who visited the park.
The park is also the city’s top tourist attraction with the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, the University of Regina (U of R), and miles of hiking trails falling within its boundaries.
“We are not from here, but we are certainly interested in coming and seeing this. It looks like it was built right on the lake,” Allan Mercier, who visited the park on Sunday, told CTV News.
It took more than a century of careful planning to create the park Regina has today. The 100-year master plan is to be revised in 2023.
“So what goes into it is a combination of what’s already there,” explains Jenna Schroeder, the executive director of the Provincial Capital Commission.
“So the buildings we have, the landscapes we have, the trails, other infrastructure and what we plan to do in the future.”
Park users seemed generally satisfied, but had a few suggestions on what they would like to see added.
“Washrooms, but at least one or two more all year round, because to get around the park there is only one in the marina,” noted Carl Ogibowski.
“I used to live in Saskatoon and that city is quite vibrant with their activities along the river and it would be nice to see a bit more of that,” added Pat Sirois.
The consultation process includes public meetings, open days, and online outreach as Wascana Park’s 100-year master plan continues to evolve to meet the needs of the government, the U of R, and the community.