Walk 7: A Place for Recreation
(Walks Through Wascana Centre -WCA Pamphlet 2001)

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Wascana Centre Authority Pamphlet (2001)


This walk will take you past some of the recreational facilities that Wascana Centre has to offer. If you have the energy, this walk can take you around Wascana Hill and you can explore some of the trails that meander through this recreational area.

The Hill is enjoyable year round and good walking shoe are recommended for this one as it encompasses some of the natural areas of Wascana Centre.

The City of Regina is a partner and one of the founding agencies in Wascana Centre Authority. The City provides 30% of the funding and helps fulfill one of the five purposes  which is to improve the recreational facilities. The City carries out the programming of the sports facilities while Wascana Centre maintains the grounds.

 

1.68 kilometres      25 minutes(approximate)
2.25 kilometres      35 minutes (around the base of Wascana Hill -aprox.)

1) This walk begins at the intersection of the bike path and Park Street. The first area you will notice to the north is the Cricket Pitch of Douglas Park.

2) To the south is the Wascana Greenhouses and one of the maintenance depots of the Centre. Throughout the year the Greenhouse provides:
a. Wascana Centre's requirements for annual bedding plants.
b. Tropical and flowering plants used in permanent and temporary displays. These plants are supplied to Government of Saskatchewan Departments and/or agencies, the City of Regina, University of Regina buildings and functions, as well as other tenants of  Wascana Centre.
c. Floral services for agencies mentioned in number 2.
d. Storage and growing areas for trees, shrubs, and ground covers for Wascana Centre's planting projects.


3) As you travel west, you will come upon the track and field facility of the Douglas Park Sports Centre. This facility was constructed in 1975 for the Western Canada Summer Games. The track has an all-weather surface and is used for various level of competition.

4) Behind the Douglas Park Track and Field facility is a set of tennis courts which is used for recreation and competition purposes.

5) The concrete building is used as a change house and equipment storage facility.

6) As you continue west you will see Leibel Field, home to some of Regina's minor football leagues. See if you can spot the stars of tomorrow.

7) Behind Leibel Field is a baseball diamond - Cosmo Field. This diamond is used by little league baseball players.

8) To the west of Leibel Field are four more ball diamonds. These fields are used by the Regina and area ladies fast ball leagues.

9) At this point you have a choice of walking in three different directions.
a. You can walk south down the gravel road where you will reach a trail that goes into the Waterfowl Park prairie marsh area.
b. Take the trail that follows on the north side of the fence which will lead you around the west side of the Wascana Hill, eventually ending up at an overlook on the lake edge. Or, try hiking up the hill, the view from the top is very rewarding!! At the top you can catch the north bound trail and descend the hill to reach the overlook.
c. Continue on the road to the 90 degree bend that heads north. This will take you along the east side of the Wascana Hill. This route will lead to a sign that states "Wascana Mountain Side", at this sign turn west towards the lake and you will end up at the overlook on the lake edge.
10) This overlook provides an excellent view of the Waterfowl Park region of Wascana Lake. As well as being an overlook, this is a pumphouse that provides Wascana with water for ground maintenance.

11) From here you can see Goose Island, one of the favourite nesting grounds of the Canada Geese. The rectangular man-made pond in the centre of the island serves as a shelter for the geese. Each year about 250 pairs of geese nest in Wascana Centre.
Canada Geese stay with the same mate until one dies. In most cases they do not nest until at least three years of age. In the third year, the female and her mate return to nest in the general area where they learned to fly. Canada Geese will lay 5-8 eggs in early to mid April, which take 25 to 30 days to incubate. Each year the goslings born near Wascana Lake are "rounded up" before they can fly and are taken to other parts of the province. This prevents overcrowding in Wascana Centre.

12) As you continue along the trail to the north you will pass through some native trees and shrubs such as caragana and sandbox willow.

       Take the time to reflect on the past when Wascana Lake was just a small winding creek surrounded by nothing but thick grass and herds of buffalo. This area was prime hunting ground for many tribes of Indians who lived off the buffalo. Once the buffalo had been killed, racks would be set up along the banks of the creek to dry the meat. The bones were then gathered in a pile. According to tribal beliefs, the spirits of the slain animals lingered near the bones and to ensure safe passage, each hunter deposited a bone as he passed. That is why Regina was referred to as Pile O' Bones. That is also where the name WASCANA comes from. It is derived from a Cree Indian word OSCANA which means "the place of the pile of burnt bones." Captain Palliser, upon a visit to the area in 1857 mistook the word oscana for wascana, which we have used ever since.



13) At this point, you can cross the road and visit Candy Cane Park. It was constructed in 1979 during the International Year of the Child. This is a popular children's play area with many climbing opportunities. The slide, which resembles a goose was designed and fabricated by Russ Yuristy of Silton, Saskatchewan. The rolling log with its colourful candy cane striped supports was designed by Brian Newman of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. There are also a number of picnic sites in this area.
So why not end the walk with a little recreational fun of your own in Candy Cane Park!

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Goose Island,   Wascana Hill,   Waterfowl Park