Parks, Playgrounds and Festivals
HTFC Prepares the Ground
With summer upon us, people are seeking a dose of outdoor recreation and relaxation tonic at their favourite parks, playgrounds and festivals. We invite you to have a look at these current projects on the boards at HTFC that involve improving and redeveloping some of Winnipeg's iconic greenspaces as well as the design of few new ones.
Aboriginal Spirit Park
Aboriginal Spirit Park is the transformation of several, vacant gravel lots along Sherbrook Avenue. Over several years, HTFC volunteered with the Spence Neighbourhood Association to bring attention to the need for a community park that would function as a ceremonial space in the neighbourhood. In 2010 the City of Winnipeg approved the designation of the land for the park. Next month final plantings will go in and the park will be opened officially as Grizzly Bear Park.
The park includes a ceremonial space, seating areas, traditional plantings for harvesting and teaching, and a play structure for young children. The Spence Neighbourhood Association will provide stewardship of the park in the years to come.
The Kilcona Park/Harbourview Recreation Complex Strategic Renewal and Action Plan
Through an intensive consultation process, HTFC, Prairie Architects Inc, MMM Group Inc. and Meyers Norris Penny, are developing a long term plan for a sustainable community amenity more reflective of Winnipeg's current and projected recreational needs. Do you visit and use Kilcona Park and want to share your insights? Check out the City of Winnipeg project website where you can provide us with your feedback.
WFF Big Bluestem Stage
The Winnipeg Folk Festival
Celebrating 40 years of the festival, WFF is embarking on an ambitious multi-year site redevelopment plan with HTFC, Milestone Management, Syverson Monteyne Architecture, KGS Engineering and Wolfrom Engineering. If the spring weather cooperates, festival patrons this July will experience the new heart of the site, the Festival Village. The Festival Village includes a central plaza with a sculptural windswept tower, new pathways, wayfinding posts, a donor recognition area, expanded seating areas, and the first phase of shade tree planting. Along its northern edge a new food vendor permanent structure designed by Syverson Monteyne Architecture. The handmade village, music store, and tavern will all be relocated around the plaza, creating a bustling gathering place from morning until night. Two new forest stages will also be opened this year so prepare to relax within the fragrant spruce forest and soak it all in. Join us at the Winnipeg Folk Festival July 10-14.
La Barriere Crossings School-Bellemer Park
& Parc La Salle School-Parc La Salle
Two St. Norbert schoolgrounds, each adjacent to a city park, will be enhanced this summer with new walking trails, a fitness circuit, outdoor classrooms and a games area. This City of Winnipeg project, championed by the school Principals and the local Councillor, will provide much needed upgrades for students and the greater St. Norbert community.
Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park
Construction begins this month on the first phase of the park site development that will include hardscaping, walkways and raised plinths that will form the framework for planting and interpretive elements in spring 2014.
Gull soars above the Whitecap Pavilion
Long recognized as one of Winnipeg's favourite weekend playgrounds, Kenora's Harbourfront with its stunning tensile structure, now officially named Whitecap Pavilion, is the place for summer entertainment. Plan to take in the Wednesday weekly farmers' market hosting over 90 vendors, an evening concert or the August long-weekend Harbourfest. HTFC is pleased to be continuing work with the City of Kenora on the Downtown Revitalization Plan by providing ongoing design and planning for the surrounding main commercial streets.