Plans for the 40-million dollars- worth of capital improvements at Wanuskewin Heritage Park include the return of the bison.
Yesterday, renderings of the building expansion, new exhibit galleries and a state-of-the-art children’s playground were released to the public.
A Bison herd and viewing area along with enhanced trails will be a part of the expanded park area which will be almost be triple its present size.
A volunteer who has been part of the park since its inception says the finished product will allow visitors to experience what the area was like 200 years ago.
Dr. Ernie Walker points out expansion of the city will likely see Saskatoon envelope the park which will make Wanuskewin an environmental oasis in the middle of the city.
He believes the elders he worked with on the project 40 years ago when the site was a small cattle ranch would be proud of how the expanded park preserves their heritage.
Walker says getting to this stage is proof reconciliation has thrived in Saskatoon for the last 40 years. He feels the work underway at Wanuskewin is the culmination of cooperation between all three levels of government and all segments of Saskatoon society.
The expanded building will include new exhibits while a state-of-the-art children’s playground will be added outside.
Video depictions of the completed work will be available at the park and the Wanuskewin Gift Shop on Broadway Avenue in the coming week.
Here is a preview from the Thundering Ahead website