Ending an era at Kinsmen Park
It's going to be bittersweet in Saskatoon's Kinsmen Park this weekend.
The rides, which have been around for decades are set to be decommissioned, and the long weekend will be their last hurrah with free admission and cake.
Only two of the three original rides, carousel and train, are still in operation, the Ferris wheel was taken away several years ago.
"The rides are just at the end of their useful life and the entire Kinsmen Park rides experience will be reborn in 2014," said Randy Grauer, general manager of Community Services with the City of Saskatoon.
The rides have become difficult to maintain and what is needed is an attraction that will grow with the city and region, he said.
While when the park reopens there will be a lot of new, there will be some reminders of the old.
"There will be a bigger, better, longer train feature, there will be the merry go round, with the existing animals used in a new carousel, there will be a much larger Ferris wheel than we had before," Grauer said.
With the help of PotashCorp, Canpotex and Kinsmen, "we are rebuilding Kinsmen Park into a major, major attraction."
Along with the rides, the new Kinsmen Park will include play area that has a water feature, climbing area and possibly a zipline.
"It is bigger, better and far more exciting, it will be a great asset to the region," Grauer said.
The two existing ball diamonds are being rebuilt elsewhere and more area will be made available to the public as a green space and for festivals.
The entire project is expected to cost about $6 million or $7 million.
A complete breakdown of the master plan is availble here.
Hours for Monday:
Free rides: noon - 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cake: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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