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Lethbridge’s first major regional park is building a legacy

JOC News Service
Lethbridge’s first major regional park is building a legacy
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA FLICKR — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips recently joined Mayor Chris Spearman and MLA Maria Fitzpatrick to celebrate the grand opening of Lethbridge, Alta.’s newest regional park and largest construction project.

Located just north of the Uplands Community, at 73 acres, the new Legacy Regional Park is the first major community park built in north Lethbridge.

As outlined by city, the park includes an outdoor ice rink, a sheltered picnic area and washrooms, an outdoor fitness equipment area, a performance venue, sports fields, sports courts and obstacle course, and a skateboard park by Newline Skateparks Inc.

Other features include a sledding hill, a naturalized pond for skating use, which will connect to a stormwater pond with vegetated biological water filtering wetland creek, as well as a two-section stormwater pond to supply irrigation for the park and provide stormwater utility for the adjacent subdivision. The wetland area will include a boardwalk for pond viewing and skating access.

Preliminary construction work and installation of deep utilities for the park began in 2015 and the last remaining work was completed in the spring of this year.

Construction of the second phase of the park is scheduled to go ahead in 2019 and plans include a spray park, community pavilion, discovery play area and a formal garden with landform and infrastructure installed to accommodate a garden development in partnership with the Lethbridge Horticultural Society.

The $22-million-dollar project was partially funded by the province through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) in the amount of $12.75 million, explained a release. The City of Lethbridge contributed $3.5 million to the project and the remaining costs were covered by a million-dollar community reserve fund and a $5.4-million subdivision surplus, according to the city.

Alberta’s 2018 budget included $668 million in MSI funding. Since the program was launched in 2007, approximately $9.6 billion has been allocated to municipalities across the province.

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