The federal government plans to build 15 new urban national parks across Canada. Since the parks will be urban, they will be located in areas where many Canadians live. The organization Parks Canada has started thinking of parks in Edmonton, Victoria, Saskatoon, Windsor, Winnipeg and Halifax.
According to Miriam Padolsky, director of urban park and ecological corridors at Parks Canada, they hope to have at least one park in every province and territory by 2030. During her visit to Edmonton, Padolsky said “It’s a chance for Canadians to connect more with nature, closer to where they live,”
In the announcement of the project last summer, the government cited the various benefits parks can offer. They range from conservation to recreation to physical and mental wellbeing. Last summer, they announced that the project will include a $130 million kick-start.
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