By Sarah Klein
St. Vital Park in the city’s south end will see $2 million in improvements this year.
Mayor Sam Katz said on Tuesday the Duck Pond Pavilion will get a $1 million makeover, with $300,000 to replace the summer washroom facility and $750,000 to replace the park’s boat launch, which will include riverbank stabilization, an improved dock, and better lighting.
Last spring, the city held an open house to get public feedback on a revamped design for the Duck Pond Pavilion. The winning design chosen is called the “Wing,” and features a dynamic roof form, suggestive of a bird’s wing in flight. The roof provides two distinct, covered picnic zones, while the interior contains built-in seating flanked by a fireplace and washroom area.
Funding for the upgrades come from the city’s 2013 budget, which has also set money aside for upgrades to Kildonan Park, Whittier Park, Kilcona and Harbourview Parks and Assiniboine Park.