Saskatoon whitewater park looks good on the surface

A $65-million dollar concept plan for a combined whitewater park and hydroelectric facility goes to council on Monday night following the completion of a feasibility study that says the project is viable and that it could pay for itself in as little as 12 years. Depending on the height of the weir following completion, the facility could power anywhere from 1,650 to 4,750 Saskatoon homes.

If approved at Monday’s meeting the idea will be vetted at public consultations before the city and the province decide whether to take it to the design stage. The current concept plan calls for a pedestrian bridge that would extend from City Park to the Varsity Viewbank of the river where the whitewater park would be located.

A number of questions remain to be answered says Susan Lamb, director of the Meewasin Valley Authority(MVA). She has raised questions about the projects environmental impact stressing the importance of understanding it fully.

The SkyscraperPage Forum has a good overview of past media coverage here.

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Vidorra

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