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    $24-million upgrade coming to Elk Island National Park
    The federal government has given Parks Canada $24 million to put towards improvements at Elk Island National Park. The Alberta park, about 30 kilometres east of Edmonton, is famous for its roaming plains and wood bison.

    Most of the money will be used to upgrade existing infrastructure in the park, much of which was developed in the ’70s.

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    About $6.5 million will be used to upgrade the main visitor day use area, campground and trails around Astotin Lake. Half a million dollars will also be spent on upgrading the water facilities in that area of the park.

    Just over $11 million will be spent on road work in the park, while the 51-year-old wastewater facilities will get a $3.1-million upgrade to bring them up to modern standards.
    About $1.3 million will go towards upgrades at the visitor reception and parking area, so it can accommodate larger recreational vehicles like tour buses and RVs.
    To ensure bison don’t escape the park, $1.5 million will be spent on repairing and replacing the park boundary fence.

    “These investments will ensure safe, high-quality visitor experiences, help improve the quality of life of our middle class and grow the local economies in the capital region of Alberta,” Randy Boissonnault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, said in a statement.
    A timeline when the work will start and end has not been released.

    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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