Upgrades to Birds Hill Provincial Park are finally completed, including increasing the size of the park's beach by 50 per cent.

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Upgrades to Birds Hill Provincial Park are finally completed, including increasing the size of the park's beach by 50 per cent.

The lake has been expanded by about 15,000-square-metres, increasing the swimming area by 20 per cent, the province says.

Other highlights include improved walking paths to the lake, adding volleyball courts and a playground, and improved water quality through measures like the removal of lake-bottom vegetation.

There will also be four extra beach safety officers during peak times, bringing the total up to 20 officers on staff. Two extra safety officers will be on hand during off-peak times.

There are also electrical and lighting upgrades, and new shade structures for campers in the Winnipeg Folk Festival grounds.

A further $4.8 million is committed to future projects, including the campground, and water and waster-water systems, over the next four years.

The improvements are part of Building the Park Province: Manitoba's Parks Strategy, an eight-year commitment to invest $100 million into park infrastructure by 2020.