Mini putt opens in Waskesiu

Little Al's Mini Putt in Waskesiu opened to the public on July 1, 2018. Photo courtesy Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce.

After years of fundraising, the latest attraction at the Waskesiu townsite in Prince Albert National Park is open.

Canada Day marked the first day Little Al’s Mini was open to the public.

The course is just the latest improvement to the recreation area of the town, which is undergoing a revitalization expected to continue for a few more years. Fundraising for the project started about five years ago, and the target was finally hit last August.

According to Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce administrator Lisa Rowe, parts started coming in last fall, and groundwork started on the site.

“As soon as things thawed out in the spring, they got to work placing the course,” she said.

“From the middle of May to now, the course has gone from a big, flat area to what you see.”

The course opened to the public at 2 p.m. Sunday, and about 180 people got their first shot at the course. While the Chamber of Commerce and the Recreation Association are pleased that project is complete, there is still a lot of work to do in the rec complex.

The next stage of the project is to rejuvenate the lawn bowling and install a full-size, fenced in sports court for basketball, volleyball and even soccer. Plans are also in the works for a covered yoga area and an update to the landscaping.

The new outdoor fitness gym, tennis and pickle ball courts and mini putt have been installed.

“We still have lots of plans for our rec grounds,” Rowe said.

“Probably in the next two to three years, most of those plans should be completed.”

The grand opening for the mini golf will be held on July 14 from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The course is open daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.