Kinsmen Park to have spray pad funded by Husky Energy

One of the oldest paddling pools in Prince Albert is being replaced in 2019. (Jayda Noyes/Daily Herald)

Jayda Noyes, Daily Herald

The city is getting a new spray park thanks to funding from Husky Energy.

Mayor Greg Dionne made the announcement at the Ella Muzzy Paddling Pool at Kinsmen Park on Tuesday morning.

The paddling pool will be removed and replaced, making the whole park a summer hotspot for families.

“Kinsmen Park is the jewel of our community,” said Dionne.

In the last two years, the city has spent over $2.5 million on new paths, washrooms and a playground, as well as upgrades on the waterslides and pool.

Roughly $300,000 is being dedicated to this project.

The three-year partnership with the city formed after a Husky Energy pipeline caused an oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River.

Prince Albert’s water treatment plant was closed for two months as a result.

“We have lots of people that doubted us and said ‘Hey, the mayor is milking this story. He’ll never get anything from Husky,’ said Dionne. “Husky came through and we have a great partnership.”

The Alberta-based company is funding three projects, which are being announced over three days—Dionne announced on Monday that the first project is completing The Rotary Trail.

The projects are scheduled for 2019.