News Release - August 26, 2005
CYPRESS HILLS INTERPROVINCIAL PARK CELEBRATES SASKATCHEWAN CENTENNIAL
During centennial celebrations at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Environment Minister David Forbes unveiled three Centenary plaques to recognize the province's $267,000 investment in the park. Centenary funds were used to construct a new amphitheatre, construct a new trail and upgrade two other trails.
"We are pleased and proud to dedicate these facilities to the people of Saskatchewan. These improvements will ensure park visitors will experience a safe and enjoyable park visit," Forbes said. "We can look back on Saskatchewan's past with pride and a sense of accomplishment and forward with confidence and optimism for what the future holds for our province and our people."
Through the four-year, $120 million Centenary Fund program, the parks program received $6.8 million to complete important capital projects for Saskatchewan's centennial.
Saskatchewan's provincial parks celebrate our diverse natural and cultural heritage and are an important legacy for future generations. Each park highlights specific natural or historic features and offers a range of recreational and educational opportunities.
Forbes also participated in the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the designation of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park as a Dark Sky Preserve. At 39,000 hectares in size, the preserve is the first in western Canada and the largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world.
Throughout the centennial year, Saskatchewan will continue to host a variety of special events and initiatives in celebration of the province's centennial. Check out the special centennial section at www.saskparks.net for additional centennial events.
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