An enormous park, stretching over 7,300 hectares of river valley — from Devon to Fort Saskatchewan — is one step closer to reality after Alberta’s government infused the movement with a $50-million boost in funding.
Sol Rolinger, chair of a group representing volunteers and mayors dedicated to creating the massive park, says the funding will go a long way in showcasing the region’s “beautiful North Saskatchewan River valley to the rest of the world.”
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“This river valley should be preserved and protected for future generations,” said Rolinger.
Rolinger says it will take years before the valley will be turned into a park as the River Valley Alliance group will use the new funding for land acquisitions, building paths and bridges and marketing the park.
The funding was allocated in the province’s 2008 budget.