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Birds Hill Provincial Park to Undergo $22M in Upgrades

June 6, 2011 11:42 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Carolyn Basha of the Winnipeg Folk Festival speak to reporters at Birds Hill Provincial Park on Monday, June 6, 2011, about the $22 million in planned upgrades over the next five years. (CHRISD.CA)

Birds Hill Provincial Park (FILE)

Birds Hill Provincial Park will undergo an extensive makeover over the next five years after the Manitoba government announced plans to improve the popular destination on Monday.

As part of a $22 million investment, Birds Hill will see its campground expanded to include 100 new fully serviced campsites, modern washrooms and new play areas.

Other upgrades include expanding the existing lake and beach area to accommodate more visitors, adding new beach amenities, such as new concessions and play areas, new beach volleyball and tennis courts, additional picnic areas and pathway connections, and new washrooms.

“Birds Hill Park is a great getaway for families to easily escape the city for a day or two,” Premier Greg Selinger said in a statement. “We know how much Manitobans love getting outdoors to relax and enjoy our fantastic summers and these improvements will allow more families to have an even better experience at the park.”

A new visitor centre will also be constructed, and upgrades to roadways and existing buildings will be performed.

Birds Hill Provincial Park sees an estimated 730,000 people come through its gates annually.

Entry to provincial parks is free again for a third consecutive year.