WINNIPEG — Booking a campground site in Manitoba on the morning reservations open can sometimes feel like competing in an Olympic sport. Fast fingers, Internet browser queues, and rapidly hitting ‘redial’ seem like the norm.
The Manitoba government is hoping to alleviate some of that stress and frustration by introducing staggered bookings.
A number of improvements to Birds Hill Provincial Park have been completed and more are on the way.
The size of the park’s beach has been increased by 50 percent just ahead of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, which begins July 9.
“Investing in our parks is important for our health, well-being and enjoyment of nature, and of course, crucial to the experience of tens of thousands of people who join us each year at the (Winnipeg) Folk Festival,” said Lynne Skromeda, executive director of the festival.
The province has removed concrete barriers between the three existing beaches, improved walking paths from the east and west parking lots to the lake.
A new awareness poster is educating the public on stopping the spread of invasive species in the Birds Hill Park ecoregion.
Friends of Birds Hill Park are mailing out a poster to nearly 13,000 households from north of Winnipeg to Libau and east to Beausejour. The poster aims to raise awareness of three species that threaten area farms, pastures and ecosystems: Leafy Spurge, Spotted Knapweed, and Red Bartsia.
“This poster is part of a broader coordinated effort to identify, map, and eliminate the key invasive species that threaten the Birds Hill Ecoregion,” said Friends of Birds Hill Park vice-president Lesley Anne Fuga.
The “Stop the Spread” poster includes information on what residents could do should one of these weeds be encountered.