Squirrel Hills Park Donation Cheque Presentation

October 5, 2021

Sunrise Credit Union is committing $50,000 to Valley Life Recreation Inc. (VLR) in Minnedosa and the RM of Minto-Odanah. The funds will aid in the construction of the Squirrel Hills Trail Park trail system.

The existing Squirrel Hills Recreation Area consists of cross-country ski and hiking trails. The new plans will add professionally designed trails with appropriate grading and design for all skills levels from novice to intermediate to advance and double the available trails.

“People in the Minnedosa and Westman area love the outdoors. For many of us, it’s an important part of who we are,” said Minnedosa branch manager Terry McLenehan, “We are excited to be able to support an initiative that will create a world-class trail network that members of our community will enjoy. We also look forward to welcoming people that travel to the region to enjoy what Squirrel Hills Recreation Area and our community has to offer.”

Once complete, the Squirrel Hills Trail Park will be a four-season playground that facilitates physical activity and recreation in the great outdoors of the Little Saskatchewan River Valley. The Park will accommodate cycling, trail running, hiking, dog walking, snowshoeing, winter fat biking, and other outdoor activities.

“The Minnedosa region has a strong reputation for outdoor living and recreation. Our lake, beaches, playgrounds, water park, cabins, and campsites are all evidence of the high standards and reputation of the Valley Life area,” said Dave Ternier, Board Chairperson, “Sunrise Credit Union brings those same high standards and reputation as a financial institution serving our community. We are very pleased to have them supporting this project.”

“On behalf of our members, we’re excited to partner with Valley Life Recreation Inc.,” said Sunrise Credit Union President and CEO Tim Klassen, “The Squirrel Hills Trail Park will be a fun new amenity for families to enjoy together. Not only does this support growth within the Minnedosa area, but it also improves the wellbeing within the community as new memories are created.”

Construction for the Squirrel Hills Trail Park is expected to start in the summer of 2022.