Saskatoon’s Diefenbaker Park grounds tested for new recreational venue

Diefenbaker Park grounds tested for Optimist Hill project
WATCH ABOVE: Testing is underway to see if Diefenbaker Park can be a viable location for a new recreation venue. Robb Letts and Joe Van’t Hof from the Optimist Club of Saskatoon discuss the Optimist Hill project.

The Optimist Club of Saskatoon announced Monday that testing has started at the Diefenbaker Park grounds to see if a new recreational venue can be built.

The geotechnical investigation and slope stability analysis of the river valley are some of the last requirements to proceed with the Optimist Hill project.

“We’re really excited to finally be at the later stages of the logistical stuff that we have to do to actually build the hill,” Optimist Hill campaign co-chair Rob Letts said.

“[P. Machibroda Engineering] will be digging holes as deep as up to, I believe 20 metres, to ensure the hill itself can handle the extra load, the earth that we’re going to be putting on top.”
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The work is expected to be done in three to four weeks.

The club intends to construct a new winter and summer activity park that features tubing lanes, snowboarding, skiing, tobogganing and terrain excursions.

Letts said their fundraising campaign to build the Saskatoon venue has been a little slow but they’ll be ramping it up shortly.

Construction is expected to begin in May 2017, if fundraising goals are met.