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Park ravaged in 2011 flood reopens

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St. Ambroise Beach Provincial Park, destroyed in the 2011 flood on Lake Manitoba, is finally open for business, but only for day use, the province said today.

"The damage from the 2011 flood was severe, but the day-use areas of the park are once again open to the public," Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said in a release today. "I want to thank staff for their hard work in getting the park ready to go and I hope Manitobans will take the time this summer to visit the park and take advantage of the restored beach area."

The province said work done to reopen the Lake Manitoba park included demolition of all buildings destroyed by the flood, cleanup of all flood debris, restoration of the main park entry road and parking lot, shoreline and beach cleanup and the construction of washroom facilities.

The restoration cost about $300,000, Mackintosh said.

Future work to redevelop the park includes new campsites and a playground, a picnic shelter, a campground office and a new water supply system, as well as electrical and plumbing repairs.

"We are committed to rebuilding this park and ensuring people are able to enjoy it for years to come," Mackintosh said. "Planning is underway to ensure people are once again able to camp at St. Ambroise Beach by 2015."

Mackintosh also announced $2.4 million in upgrades for Duck Mountain Provincial Park near Swan River.

They include the construction of a new, modern washroom building and playground in the day use area at Blue Lake campground and a new waste-transfer station at Shilladay Lake.

Future plans for the park call for ATV trail upgrades to improve water crossings and trail routing on the Mossberry Lake Trail, refurbishment of the main dock used by cottagers at Wellman Lake, new campground offices at Blue Lake and Childs Lake, additional campsite electrification at the Blue Lake campground and construction of new waste transfer stations at Wellman and Whitefish lakes.

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