The Saskatoon partners of MLT Aikins are proud to donate $30,000 to the Meewasin Valley Authority in Saskatoon to support the “More Than a Trail Campaign.”
Both the Saskatoon office of MLT Aikins and Meewasin Valley Authority celebrate their 40th anniversaries this year. The Saskatoon partners are pleased to commemorate the office’s 40th anniversary by giving back to Meewasin’s 40th anniversary capital project campaign. The “More Than a Trail Campaign” aims to improve Meewasin’s trail system, increase education and interactive experiences and enhance natural areas within the river valley conservation zone. This is the first phase in a long-term plan to rejuvenate downtown Saskatoon’s iconic natural landscape.
Since its inception, Meewasin has worked with the Government of Saskatchewan, City of Saskatoon and the University of Saskatchewan to keep the South Saskatchewan River Valley healthy and vibrant, providing opportunities for people to connect with nature, culture and history.
Meewasin currently maintains over 90 km of trail and many sections are at the end of their life cycle. The funds raised from the campaign will allow the organization to upgrade three trail sections, widen and upgrade existing trails, and connect new neighbourhoods in the downtown, near Kinsmen Park, and from Holiday Park to Gordie Howe Bridge. In addition, the funds will go toward building a new greenhouse and seed bank and improving education and programming opportunities.
The firm’s donation will be recognized in the firm’s name at the Meewasin Trailhead Plaza Seating Node near the MLT Aikins Saskatoon office once the renovations are complete. The Seating Node will be located along the Meewasin Trailhead Plaza at the corner of Spadina Cres and the Traffic Bridge and the area will feature two benches and additional landscaping.
Miýwâsin is nȇhiyawȇwin/Cree for “it is beautiful.” Meewasin is Canada’s largest urban conservation zone and home to more than 300 plant species and 150 bird species.