Once again this summer, library card holders in Saskatchewan will find an added benefit to their memberships. The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) continues its partnership with the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) and the Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association (SRPA) to offer free regional park passes this summer.
Beginning May 18 through to September 15, card holders can borrow a pass from any Saskatchewan library and enjoy a seven-day loan period with free access to nearly 100 regional parks across the province. Last year’s pilot project led to the distribution of 800 passes, which circulated over 5,500 times, but only to participating library branches. This year, 1200 passes will be available for distribution to all regional library branches, libraries in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, and university libraries in Saskatoon and Regina.
“We are thrilled to once again join forces with our partners and expand this year’s program to provide even more access to the many benefits of connecting to nature," said SPRA President Jody Boulet.
The partnership is a logical one given the SLAs recreational programming that has deep roots in the organization’s development.
"This partnership is an amazing opportunity for libraries to further serve communities. It's another benefit of having a Saskatchewan library card!” said SLA President Amy Rankin. The Humboldt area has a variety of regional parks with many amenities and outdoor activities, from camping, golfing, swimming, and much more.
The region is served by the Wapiti, Parkland and Wheatland Library Systems. The passes are available in libraries throughout these systems and the others in the province.
“This program helps SRPA fulfill its mission to provide exceptional and accessible recreational opportunities,” said Katrina Irving, SRPA Executive Director. “We are excited to welcome more people to Saskatchewan’s unique regional parks.”
Passes must be borrowed in person and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Library customers are encouraged to contact their local branch to ensure availability.