Friends of Madge Lake undertakes projects that benefit all visitors to the park. The projects must meet one or more of the core priorities established to ensure that the benefits will accrue to the public and the environment:
The core priorities are:
Each of the projects below meets one or more of the core benefits. Some of the projects have been completed and some are on the planning list for future funding.
There are many hiking and biking trails throughout the park. Visitors are provided maps of the trails, but there was no signage or markers on the trails, making it difficult for the general public to identify where the trail begins, how long the hike will be and the level of difficulty. As some of the trails are long, through heavily forested areas and crisscross with other trails and clearings, some of these trails could be considered challenging or dangerous for some members of the public. The signage provided by FOML at the head of the trail identifies the trail by color, has a map of the trail, the distance and level of difficulty indicated and also indicates if the trail is suitable for biking as well as hiking. FOML also provided markers for the trail which were color coded and placed every 150 meters to ensure hikers knew they were on the right trail.
Wake-free zone markers:
This project involves the placement of 50 buoys in the lake at strategic locations which are at least 100 meters from the shore. The change in types of boats using the lake has changed in recent years. Some boats used on the lake create a huge wake which can be dangerous for smaller craft on the water and for waterfowl who nest close to shore, and may cause erosion of the shoreline. The buoys are placed in areas used by those kayaking, canoeing and swimming. This initiative also supports a group of volunteers who monitor the loon population and report annually to Bird Studies Canada and Nature Saskatchewan.
Improved sound system for the Community Hall:
The Community Hall is in the center of the Madge Lake recreation area and is used for formal programs set up to educate the public regarding the wildlife, waterfowl and vegetation in the park. The community hall is owned by the Duck Mountain Provincial Park and is available for rent by the public. Various volunteer groups including Friends of Madge Lake use the hall to host fundraising activities. The sound system was inadequate and needed to be replaced.
Resurfacing of the basketball and tennis/pickleball courts:
The courts are located in the central recreation area of the park. The park administration office lends out equipment to the public. The asphalt on these courts had deteriorated to the point of making them unusable. FOML funded the resurfacing of the courts and made them usable once again. The courts are available to all visitors to the park. The resurfacing of the courts allows for the playing of pickleball, tennis and basketball adding to the physical activities available within the park.
Offleash dog park:
Park rules state that all dogs must be on leash while in public areas, therefore there was a need to provide the public with a safe place to run their dogs freely.
The following projects are planned, but are subject to available funding:
The Education and Projects Committee of Friends of Madge Lake (FOML) needs your help. With lake season in full swing, project opportunities may be obvious to you and it is an opportune time to suggest them.
One of our goals going forward is to identify projects which better capture the breadth of the mission of FOML.
Our direct fund-raising efforts have been hampered by the Covid restrictions, so our budget has limited capacity for new projects immediately. However, we now have a committee focused on seeking grants which has great potential.
Our goal is to identify some priority projects and then ask the grants committee to start exploring opportunities. Due to the various grant application and review processes, it will be a longer-term effort; it may take a year or two to try to secure funding for some projects.
Feel free to suggest projects which are short or longer term in delivery and are relatively inexpensive or more capital intensive.
Although you can submit ideas at any time through the year we would like to receive some initial ideas by August 24, 2021.
Please put on your thinking caps and give us some fresh ideas to work with. Feel free to resubmit any projects that were suggested in previous years which you still feel are important for us to consider.
Click the button below to view, fill in and/or download the fillable PDF form to submit your project idea.
The kick-off project for Friends of Madge Lake was a cookbook, Madge Lake Favourites.
It was published in the summer of 2018, and is available at Treats and Treasures specialty store located in our heritage cabin at 16 Fern Drive.
Thank you to all the people who submitted recipes or stories for the book.
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