Rediscover Echo Dale Regional Park

Medicine Hat – With the warm spring temperatures, and in collaboration with the Rise Up hot air balloon festival, the City is excited to open the Echo Dale swim lake for the 2022 swimming season on Saturday, May 28.

“There is so much to explore throughout the park, from the swimming lake to the new trails that connect the park and Gas City Campground,” said James Will, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “Echo Dale sees more than 110,000 visitors every year. It is an oasis that offers something for the whole family to enjoy and discover all over again.”

The swim lake and concession will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except on days when the temperature drops below 15ºC. Additionally, visitors will see a new concession operator inside the swim centre.

Park visitors will also be able to rediscover the Echo Dale Farm through a new hands-on, informative farm program. Experience what a day on the homestead more than 100 years ago would have looked like while interacting with goats, llama, donkey and more – for free! The animals will be on-site on Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Saturday, May 28. More information about the guided farm tours can be found on the City website.

“We know how popular the farm has been for families and children of all ages,” Will added. “We’re excited to offer these new interactive experiences and build onto the programs that were already so successful.”

The boating lake will been restocked later this month with approximately 1,800 rainbow trout, courtesy of the Alberta Conservation Association. The fish provide opportunities for anglers of all abilities and ages to enjoy the sport of fishing. ACA has delivered the fish stocking project since 1998, which has brought a variety of trout, including rainbow, brown and brook trout to the boating lake.

As well, additional sites have been built at Echo Dale Campground, located at the far east end of the park. Each unserviced site includes a gravel pad, fire pit and picnic table. Camping essentials, as well as firewood, will be available for purchase through the swim centre concession.

Park visitors should be aware of ongoing construction related to the Echo Dale Park Improvements project. The majority of the work will take place on the east side of the park. Approximately 120 trees, along with irrigation infrastructure, will support future park expansion while enhancing the habitat and ecological health of the park space. The project, funded by the federal government through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program in 2020, supports economic growth with infrastructure which supports a healthy community through expanding recreational opportunities. Please allow crews room to work.

Learn more about Echo Dale Regional Park on City website.

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