The gates are officially open to one of the most anticipated regional parks in Lethbridge. The City of Lethbridge and the Government of Alberta celebrated the grand opening today of Legacy Park-Phase 1.
Celebrating the occasion was The Honourable Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta; The Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment & Parks, Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office; and MLA-Lethbridge West, Maria Fitzpatrick, MLA for Lethbridge-East; and Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman as well as representatives from City Council and the primary user groups of the park.
"This park has been in the works for more than 10 years, and we are thrilled to open the first phase of Legacy Regional Park," says Mayor Spearman. "Not only have we provided a major park space for residents, the park's design features will attract visitors from all over southern Alberta."
Legacy Regional Park is the first regional park in north Lethbridge, similar to Henderson Lake Park and Nicholas Sheran. The park spans 73 acres and is designed for people to play, relax and connect with their community.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of features including:
- Lethbridge's first outdoor challenge obstacle course
- Skateboard park designed in partnership with the Lethbridge Skateboard Association
- Basketball, pickleball and tennis courts
- Playground and fitness equipment area
- Ornamental garden
- Outdoor performance stage and lookout area
- Sledding hill
- Four kilometres of pathways
"The design process included many of the highest ranked park features shared with us by residents, which helped us create a park that reflects the needs and desires of the community," says David Ellis, Parks Manager for the City of Lethbridge. "This is the first park in our city that was designed and named by our residents. It really is a park created by the people, for the people."
Construction of future amenities, including a spray park, community pavilion and discovery play area, will be complete in 2020.
The Province of Alberta provided a total of $12.75 million in Municipal Sustainability Initiative program funding toward the $22.66 million project. The City of Lethbridge contributed the remaining $9.91 million.
More information on Legacy Park-Phase 1 is available at: www.lethbridge.ca/LegacyPark.
City of Lethbridge