FILE - Dinosaur Provincial Park’s unique landscape features striking hoodoos shaped by glaciers. (Alberta Parks photo) Alberta Parks photo Dinosaur Provincial Park’s unique landscape features striking hoodoos shaped by glaciers.

Alberta government says it is fully or partially closing 20 provincial parks

Government will also be looking to hand over 164 other parks to third-party managers

The Alberta government says it is fully or partially closing 20 provincial parks and will be looking to hand over 164 others to third-party managers.

Camping fees are to increase and services, such as setting cross-country ski trails in popular areas west of Calgary, are to be reduced or eliminated.

“Sites removed from the parks system would have their legal park designations removed and could be open for alternative management,” said a government news release.

“This includes potential park partnerships through sale or transfer to another entity such as a municipality … Some of the sites could stay open under a public lands management model or revert back to vacant public land.”

ALSO READ: Alberta seeks partners for 164 parks to focus spending on ‘high value areas’

The changes are throughout the province — from shutting campsites at Dinosaur Provincial Park in the south to the complete closure of Kehiwin Provincial Park in the northeast.

The total amount of land involved is about 16,000 hectares. The government says that’s less than one per cent of the province’s parks system, but it isn’t clear if that includes the national parks.

The United Conservative government says the changes, which it calls optimizing Alberta’s parks, will save $5 million in the 2020-21 budget.

A government spokeswoman has said the changes will allow the province to focus on what it calls high-value areas.

The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

parks

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Seasons Ponoka residents in self-isolation

No presumed or confirmed cases

Ponoka chiropractor feeling the pinch of closure

Still doing emergency cases, but feels for people who need help

Red Deer County has three new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Government says Alberta up to 1,181 total cases

VIDEO: How doctors in Canada will decide who lives and dies if pandemic worsens

Officials in several provinces have been developing guides so that doctors don’t feel alone

UPDATED: How the coronavirus is impacting the Ponoka area

Precautions, advisories, and cancelled community events

A message from the publisher

Consider a voluntary subscription to Ponoka News

Woman scared for brother in Calgary long-term care home with COVID-19 deaths

Woman scared for brother in Calgary long-term care home with COVID-19 deaths

Person connected to Red Deer College tests positive for COVID-19

‘I wish this individual well,’ says president

COVID-19 crisis distracting from flood-prone First Nation’s plight: NDP

COVID-19 crisis distracting from flood-prone First Nation’s plight: NDP

Judge sides with woman accused of spying for Russia, orders new hearing

Judge sides with woman accused of spying for Russia, orders new hearing

Ont. court upholds murder conviction in death of girl found in burning suitcase

Ont. court upholds murder conviction in death of girl found in burning suitcase

British cancelled, Masters to November in major rescheduling

British cancelled, Masters to November in major rescheduling

Most Read