Excavation of General Hospital grounds reveals debris and building materials

A hospital parking lot was originally closed to the public after ground-penetrating radar detected anomalies underground.

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Parking restrictions at Regina General Hospital were lifted over the weekend after assessments determined floor ‘abnormalities’ were the result of old building materials.

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Earlier this month, a car park in the northwest part of the visitor park was closed to the public after ground-penetrating radar detected anomalies underground amid ongoing survey work for a car park planned for a long time. According to the SHA at that time, there were three areas with unidentified objects buried in the northwest corner of the grounds.

A total of 130 parking spaces have been cordoned off, including 54 public spaces for hospital visitors.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority said in a news release on Friday that an excavation of the area found structural debris and old building materials, including brick, ceramics, fieldstone, glass and mortar.

“No evidence of historic burials has been found and no further excavations will be required,” the statement added.

The excavated areas have been filled in and will be covered with gravel.

The Departments of Health and SaskBuilds and Procurement will continue to work with SHA on planning for the future RGH parking lot, the statement added.

Two years ago, the provincial government announced that it had asked the SHA to study the feasibility of parking at the hospital. There have been requests for parking for over a decade, but the sticking point has been the cost.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh