CALGARY, ALTA. – The Government of Canada is investing $17.4 million in federal funding for a major renovation of the WinSport Day Lodge in Calgary, Alta.
The funding in intended to enhance visitor and guest experiences at the 1988 Winter Olympics legacy facility and will include barrier-free movement between the parking lot, day lodge and recreation facilities, improved internal circulation, communication and signs, and accessible routes throughout the building.
Funding will also cover expansion and reconfiguration to optimize the size and location of guest service facilities, public use space and sports service facilities and transition of the building into a net-zero facility.
“With this renovation, WinSport can continue to support the hundreds of thousands of community members, athletes and guests who visit the park each year, preserving the day lodge as a vital community gathering place for generations to come. This project will renovate, revitalize and expand the 35-year-old day lodge, adding modern energy efficiency and important accessibility elements to the design,” WinSport CEO and president Barry Heck said in a statement.
The investment is through the federal government’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program, which will provide $1.5 billion over five years towards green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades of existing public community buildings and the construction of new publicly-accessible community buildings that serve high-needs, underserved communities across Canada, a government release stated.