Thanks to an up swell of support from the community in the form of volunteers and a go fund me page, Meewasin's canoe launch parking lots at Fred Heal, Poplar Bluffs and Paradise Beach will be open this May long weekend.
However, Meewasin's Doug Porteous says they are asking for the community's help to maintain the momentum going forward and that comes in several different forms like no open fires, taking your garbage back out with you when you leave, you can only be in the lots between sunrise and sunset and parking on the shoulder of grid roads is illegal. In fact Corman Park Police have already been handing out tickets.
And Porteous stresses it is very important everyone keeps in mind the South Saskatchewan River is not a lake, in fact, it is flowing faster than normal right now. That's before the spring run off comes down off the Rocky Mountains. He reminds river goers to keep an eye on your children and pets - the South Saskatchewan has deep, unexpected channels that wind back and forth across the river.
And depending on how the people who use the area around the canoe launches, treat the area, will determine whether it stays open and that decision, Porteous says, will be made on a week by week basis. Initially, after the provincial government pulled funding in the spring budget, Meewasin had decided to close the parking lots associated with the canoe launches outside Saskatoon near the South Saskatchewan River.