Sun’s out, fun’s out as Phase 2 opens at Legacy Park!
Pack a picnic, some towels and don't forget the sunscreen!
Today, the City of Lethbridge is thrilled to officially open the second phase of Legacy Park, the regional north destination for residents and visitors. Phase 2 amenities include a spray park, discovery playground, pavilion and picnic shelter.
With generous funding coming from the Government of Canada and Government of Alberta, the City of Lethbridge has capitalized on creating a fun play space enjoyable for all.
Funding of $4,947,000 from the Canada Community-Building Fund (CCBF, formerly the Federal Gas Tax Fund) contributed to the building of the spray park, group picnic shelter, as well as other project components.
"Accessible and modern parks are at the heart of Alberta's vibrant communities. This investment has built an important community space in Lethbridge that will provide residents with opportunities for inclusive, active and healthy living while supporting this community's high quality of life for years to come," says the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Toursim and Associate Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.
At 550 square metres, this is now the largest spray park location in the city. It features three circular splash zones divided into a tot area, family area and 5-12 years of age area. The spray park plaza contains tables, benches, lounge chairs and seat walls. There is a grassed area with tables and shade sails.
The bookable picnic shelter is fully serviced, includes a kitchen with serving area, two grills, four gas burners, commercial fridge and freezer, ice maker and seats up to 50 patrons. It includes a large perimeter fence, wind block and outdoor fireplace.
The pavilion and plaza received $4,050,000 from Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding from the Government of Alberta.
The pavilion and plaza is centrally located in the north end of Legacy Park. The open concept room with spectacular south facing doors giving access to the patio and large windows with views of the lake. This building can be booked for a multitude of activities or events. It includes privacy shutters, tables and chairs, as well as restrooms, change rooms and access to the concession for users of the park.
"We are pleased to have provided support to the City of Lethbridge Legacy Park project through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative," says Ric McIver, Minister of Municipal Affairs. "The development of the pavilion and plaza, along with the discovery playground and spray park has helped to stimulate the local economy and will continue to contribute to the quality of life for those Alberta families who call Lethbridge home."
"This is a great project for Albertans. Alberta's Government is proud to deliver this fantastic new park to Lethbridge and the families who call it home," says Nicholas Milliken, Minister of Infrastructure. "Alberta's Recovery Plan is all about getting projects done today to make life better and ensure this remains the best place to live, work or raise a family. Thank you to our partners who helped deliver this amazing space for Albertans."
The Discovery playground received $960,000 funding from the Government of Canada's Investing in Canada's Infrastructure Program.
The Discovery Playground forms a key part of the Legacy Park experience and is intended to provide opportunities to explore adventure and perceived risk. It was planned for all abilities and contains play features appropriate for all users, regardless of developmental stage or mobility. Key elements include a three-level tower, zip line, accessible bridge, log jam, trampoline path, and a seating area with a large shade sail.
"We are very excited to show off the new features at Legacy Park," says Lethbridge Mayor Blaine Hyggen. "On behalf of the current Lethbridge City Council, I would like to thank all those who have had a part in making today a reality, including past City Councils, our Provincial and Federal Governments – and everyone who advocated to have a regional park on the northside. This park will certainly turn into a lasting legacy for our residents and visitors."
For more information on the project overview, click here.