Once again this summer, patrons of Saskatchewan’s libraries can borrow a pass for all of Saskatchewan’s fun-filled regional parks with the return of the Regional Park Pass Lending Program. It’s a joint venture of the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) and the Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA).  

The program allows anyone with a card from any regional library system to borrow a 7-day pass good for any of the province's 100 regional parks from May 17 through September 15, 2024. In 2023, passes circulated over 7000 times making for thousands of summer adventures. This year, 850 passes will be available through city libraries and regional library systems.  

"We’re excited to collaborate once again with our friends to offer greater access to the many benefits of nature," said Darcy McLeod, SPRA president.   

Libraries have long been community hubs for recreational programming and the SLA was an enthusiastic partner from day one.   

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be participating in the program again this year,” said James Hope Howard, SLA president. “I hope that library patrons make many wonderful memories over these next four months.” 

Regional parks are as varied as the locales they’re found in. Outdoor activities, interpretive centres, camping, golfing are just a few of the amenities. The program seeks to remove barriers to access so everyone can enjoy the wonder that the Saskatchewan outdoors has to offer.  

"This program aligns with our mission to provide accessible recreational opportunities for all," said Katrina Irving, SRPA executive director. "We look forward to welcoming more visitors to Saskatchewan's regional parks."  

Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be obtained in person. Library patrons are encouraged to contact their local branch to confirm availability.