Work has started to extend the City of Weyburn’s Boardwalk.
Currently the riverfront boardwalk includes a pathway from Third Street to Government Road, lampposts and the donated statue of Tommy Douglas by artist Lea Vivot. It is visible from Highway 39.
The Weyburn Parks Board decided to extend the Boardwalk from where it ends at Third Street to go further east towards the Soo Line Historical Museum.
Construction crews were preparing a new entrance to the Soo Line Historical Museum last week. Cement for the curbs of the new road was poured roughly two weeks ago, and once the cement is properly cured, crews will put in gravel for the road.
Rene Richard, director of engineering for the City of Weyburn, said that the city wants to pave the new entrance. The paving might not happen until later this year, depending on grants available for the project.
“The new parkway will add so much to that area,” said Richard. “It will match up with the other part of the Boardwalk.”
The new entrance to the Soo Line Historical Museum will provide better drainage. The old entrance will be used in the redevelopment of the riverfront property for the extension of the boardwalk. There is also a proposed development that is looking to build on that land.
The extension of the riverfront Boardwalk is part of the Tatagwa Parkway Master Plan for the City of Weyburn. The Tatagwa Parkway Master Plan was originally completed in 1991, but it was revised in 2007.
The Tatagwa Parkway is an urban conservation park for the City of Weyburn. Parkway development focuses on the Souris River, but is not restricted to riverbank areas.
Current Tatagwa development has occurred mostly in Signal Hill, the Souris Valley grounds, Redcoat Trail and the riverfront Boardwalk. Development includes paved multi-use trails, conversion of railroad bridges, the campground at River Park, site furniture and interpretive signs, outdoor lighting and planting of thousands of trees.