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Wanuskewin Heritage Park reopens after being temporarily closed for roughly 6 months

Wanuskewin Heritage Park reopened to the public on Saturday. Brady Ratzlaff/ Global News

The parking lot at Wanuskewin Hertitage Park featured visitors in it for the first time since March. The park temporarily closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic and renovations.

The renos are part of a $40 million project that is nearly complete. Upgrades include those to inside the main building such as the restaurant. Outdoor makeovers were done to the bison viewing area, trail system and playground.

Read more: Wanuskewin Heritage Park welcomes 1st baby bison since 1876

Director of marketing and communications Andrew McDonald says they used the pandemic closure to their advantage to speed up their renewal project.

“We’ve been very busy all of our partners that have been contributing to this project. And have really gone ahead and fast forwarded to things done that much quicker,” said McDonald.

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McDonald says there are new protocols in place such as mandatory mask wearing inside the facility.

He says all phases of the project are expected to be completed in November.

Read more: Kenosee Superslides reopened following inspection from Saskatchewan Health Authority

Wanuskewin said in a statement that people with compromised immune systems will be able to book day tours on Monday’s and Tuesday’s to see everything the Heritage site has to offer in the coming weeks.

After the Labour Day Weekend, the hours of operation switch to Wednesday’s to Sunday’s from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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New features at the Wanuskewin Heritage park. Brady Ratzlaff/ Global News
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New features at the Wanuskewin Heritage park. Brady Ratzlaff/ Global News
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New features at the Wanuskewin Heritage park. Brady Ratzlaff/ Global News

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