Plans Unveiled for New Downtown Heritage Park

The Friends of Upper Fort Garry unveiled plans for a new historic park at the corner of Fort Street and Assiniboine Avenue Wednesday morning.

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The $19 million project will pay homage to the original fort, but not try to rebuild it. An interpretive centre, complete with exhibit space, a multi-purpose threater, food service, a digital library and office space, will be the final piece within the park.

“We will be phasing in this project over several years,” said Jerry Gray, Chair of the Friends of Upper Fort Garry. “We’ll begin with the landscaping and public space and then move on to the interpretive centre in 2011 to complete the project within the five year time frame.”

$10.3 million has been raised for the project so far, with an additional $9 million still needing to be fundraised over the coming years.

Archaeological work on the site will begin later this month thanks to a partnership with the University of Manitoba.

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