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NDP Pledges $20M for Upgrades to Manitoba Parks

March 26, 2016 12:25 PM | News

Greg Selinger

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Manitoba’s NDP would invest $20 million to upgrade provincial parks if re-elected.

Leader Greg Selinger announced Saturday his party would adopt the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce’s 96/4 funding model for the tourism industry, meaning the province would reinvest at least 4% of all tourism tax dollars back into the industry through Travel Manitoba.

Among the upgrades, Selinger said the number of yurts in provincial parks would double, including new yurts at Paint Lake, Nopiming, and Duck Mountain Provincial Parks.

A new nature playground would be built at Birds Hill Provincial Park, with additional water stations, shade trees and picnic tables. Wi-Fi would also be expanded at camp sites and more accessible washrooms added.

The NDP would also work with indigenous communities to develop new maps for canoe routes and hiking trails, including along the Bloodvein River and the Mantario Trail.

— Staff