The newly-completed St. Vital Park Duck Pond Pavilion is now open in the south end of Winnipeg.
Replacing the former duck pond shelter, the $1.4 million, 2,300-square-foot facility acts as both an outdoor picnic shelter in the summer and a heated skate change building in the winter.
The north and south façades of the pavilion incorporate continuous bi-folding doors that enable the building to be completely open across a 55-foot-wide span during summer. Throughout the winter months the transparent glazing system will remain closed, providing an insulated interior space.
Directly adjacent to the pavilion is an art piece commissioned by the Winnipeg Arts Council called Écobuage. Urbanink and Plain Projects created the piece, which incorporates the sculpture, fire pits, seating and plantings of prairie grasses.