The Provincial Capital Commission is providing a new location for the Waskimo Family Day event as the original location has been deemed a risk to a nearby bird sanctuary.
The event has taken place on the ice in front of the Conexus Arts Centre, which the PCC says it “no longer ecologically sustainable from a long-term perspective for the Wascana Marsh area, which includes a federally designated Migratory Bird Sanctuary.”
The PCC has offered a new location for the event, free use of an on-land ice surface located on the west side of Broad Street, as well as $5,000 to apply to the cost of renting the facility.
"Shoreline degradation caused by the ice surface location directly impacted nesting habitat, food and protection for waterfowl," Director, Outreach and Visitor Experience with the PCC Ryan Whippler said in a statement to CTV News.
To continue having the ice in the marsh area, it would require permits under the Aquatic Habitat Protection Program and the Migratory Bird Convention Act.