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Province wants students to redesign park

Students from any discipline welcome to rethink Strathcona Science Provincial Park

Strathcona Science Provincial Park.

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Strathcona Science Provincial Park.

The province is hoping to tap some post-secondary talent to redesign the Strathcona Science Provincial Park, just east of Edmonton.

A contest launched Thursday is looking for designs that are “culturally inclusive” and welcoming to everybody, but with a focus on new Canadians.  

Called ‘Imagining Harmony Park,’ the contest is open to anybody enrolled in a post-secondary institution and isn’t limited to those taking design programs.

At stake is $3,500 for each of three shortlisted entries.

A winner will be selected in April.

“We are providing a unique experience for post-secondary students, including new Canadian students, to influence the development of one of our popular provincial parks,” Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips said, in a release.

The 108-hectare park was created in 1979 and sits along the North Saskatchewan River east of Edmonton.

Visitor facilities have been upgraded in recent years and the park now caters to hikers and mountain bikers — and is home to the Strathcona Remote Control Flyers Association and the Sunridge Ski Hill.

The design contest is being paid for with part of the $239-million that Alberta is putting into provincial parks over the next five years.

Designs need to be submitted by Dec. 9.