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Geocaching and Kildonan Park pt 4,

Good morning everyone.  CITO season will soon be here.  Have you started planning a CITO for the Spring?  The Manitoba geocacher to have attended the most CITOs is dani_carriere with 22 attended.  Top North Dakotan is Former Hawkeye with 13 attended.

This week concludes my walk around Kildonan Park.  I have to admit that I haven't been walking lately.  Temperatures and wind chill in the -40C range will do that.  Although I have seen some hardy souls walking around the park and some with their dogs.  We left off the last time at Rainbow Stage.  Right next door to Rainbow Stage is the outdoor pool.  It was classified as an Olympic size pool.  I'm not sure if it retains that distinction after renovations a few years back.  You can wade in to the shallow end and water slides have been added.  The wading pool in the front was removed and a splash pad inside the pool area was added.
It doesn't look like much in the picture, but come summertime, this place is packed.  I have bee…
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