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Snowboarding Park Proposed for Diefenbaker Hill Saskatoon

Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Tue Nov 19 2013

  


Diefenbaker Hill (Park) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is a place for family and friends to have some fun cross country skiiing and sledding. The Optimist Club of Saskatoon wants to pump up the excitement and make some radical changes transforming the snow hills into a wonder-world of snow tubing and snowboarding.

Earlier this evening at a Saskatoon City Council meeting, the Optimist Club of Saskatoon, who has put on the Canada Day Celebrations in Diefenbaker Park every year since 1967, has proposed to develop the park to include snow-tubing lanes down the hill and a snowboard facility along with a multi purpose lodge. The Optimist Club wants a ninety nine year lease from the city and would like to see the project completed within the next two years, and open as early as winter season 2014.

Robert Lett, a chairman for the Clubs Snow Park committee, states that a ninety nine year lease is not uncommon for non-profit projects similar to this one. And their goal is to make these new activities fun for the whole family from kids right up to the grandparents, in a location that is familiar to them.

The project was inspired by a similar facility located in Manitoba. The proposal includes 4 groomed lanes down the hill for snow tubing, ramps and rails for snowboarders, a pulley system to transport people up to the top of the hill, a lodge with food area to be used for special events, education school field trips, additional storage areas and a stage for major events. Lett added that the facility can also be used in the summer seasons as they may add a rock climbing wall and fitness center.

The Optimist Club is estimating the project will cost $5 million (CAD) to develop. Revenue would be generated for the park by selling $10 day passes, selling adverts on the rubber snow tubes and from renting the facility for special private events.

The city counsel seemed enthusiastic about the proposal and if approved the Optimist Club will start looking for sponsors to fund the development right away.

Diefenbaker Hill (Park) is located along the Saskatoon River in the South West corner of the city of Saskatoon, along Circle Drive, neighboring the Western Development Museum and the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club.

  

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