BY BILL PHILLIPS
Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park is getting a new pavilion.
The cost will be more than $700,000 with Ottawa contributing up to $377,000 through its Canada 150 Community Infrastructure program and the city will match the federal funds. With the funding the city will revitalize a well-used picnic shelter near The Exploration Place. It will be called the Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park Pavilion. The project is being undertaken in partnership with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and is a part of the city’s commitment to reconciliation.
“We’re excited about the pavilion,” said Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederick, adding the pavilion is part of a long process of building a relationship between the city and the Lheidli T’enneh.
Mayor Lyn Hall said the project has been in the works for some time, also stressing the relationship between the city and the Lheidli T’enneh. Formerly known as Fort George Park, the city renamed the park Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park in 2015, in recognition of the Lheidli T’enneh village that stood on the site prior to the arrival of the railroad and the establishment of the city.
“The entire partnership we have the Lheidli T’enneh is important to the city,” said Hall.
Also in 2015, the province announced $25,000 for a monument in the park. This will be incorporated into the new pavilion.
“This will be a larger (than the current picnic shelter) space,” said Hall. “It will also serve as a pavilion with information about the Lheidli T’enneh, their relationship to the land, and especially to the confluence of the two rivers.”
Bruce Carscadden is the architect for the project.
“The building is meant to take advantage of the beautiful site,” he said. “It takes advantage of some of modern use of wood materials that you see in your downtown at the Wood Innovation Centre.”
He added it will be “durable and robust.”