Be­gin­ning of con­struc­tion of Bad­lands Scenic View­point Road in Grass­lands Na­tional Park

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As part of its fed­eral in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment pro­gram, Grass­lands Na­tional Park is pleased to an­nounce the be­gin­ning of con­struc­tion on the long-planned Bad­lands Scenic View­point Road in the East Block of the park.

As part of this ex­cit­ing project, Parks Canada is con­struct­ing a scenic road with view­point park­ing ar­eas along the east­ern edge of the East Block of Grass­lands Na­tional Park.

This project will pro­vide ba­sic ac­cess to key lo­ca­tions in the East Block of the park and is in­tended to meet com­mit­ments out­lined in the 2010 Park

Man­age­ment Plan to im­prove road ac­cess, de­velop in­ter­pre­tive view­ing and day-use ar­eas, and to in­crease in­fra­struc­ture to en­hance vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence in this area of the park.

The de­sign and place­ment of the road will help dis­cour­age in­for­mal ve­hi­cle trail use and unau­tho­rized off-road ve­hi­cle use and it was cho­sen to have the least im­pact on crit­i­cal habi­tat.

Con­struc­tion is planned to be­gin in Au­gust with an ex­pected com­ple­tion date for the Fall of 2018.

While Parks Canada makes ev­ery ef­fort to min­i­mize dis­rup­tions caused by in­fra­struc­ture projects oc­cur­ring in our na­tional parks, we en­cour­age vis­i­tors to plan ahead and to con­sult our pub­lic web­site or to con­tact the park di­rectly to stay ap­prised of con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity hap­pen­ing at Grass­lands Na­tional Park.

As Canada’s largest tourism provider, Parks Canada is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing vis­i­tors with ex­cep­tional and mean­ing­ful ex­pe­ri­ences at our places.

With qual­ity trails, roads, and fa­cil­i­ties, we are en­sur­ing the safety of our vis­i­tors, while en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to stay away from sen­si­tive eco­log­i­cal ar­eas since these in­vest­ments will pro­vide them with the ne­ces­si­ties to ex­plore and adventure out­side.

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