While most of the city is enjoying the start of summer, the Saskatoon Optimist Club is already thinking about winter after a big donation towards it ski hill project.
Saskatoon Co-op announced it was providing the club with $150,000 to go towards turning Optimist Hill into a winter recreation destination for families.
The money will be used to expand the existing hill at Diefenbaker Park by 30 feet, and to build a lift.
The Optimist Club said in a statement Tuesday the funds will “support the creation of an affordable, family-oriented recreation site encouraging healthy lifestyles.”
Plans for Optimist Hill also include a new 4,000 square foot lifestyle activity centre with a boardroom, classroom areas, gathering space, concessions and storage for ski equipment and tools.
The Optimist Club has been working to raise a total of $5 million for the project since 2015.
A slope study was started in November, and the club is still hoping to have the hill operational by this winter.