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.
The duck pond shelter in St. Vital Park is being demolished to make way for a new pavilion.
Last spring, the city held an open house to get public feedback on a revamped design for the Duck Pond Pavilion. The ‘Wing’ concept was chosen, and features a dynamic roof form, suggestive of a bird’s wing in flight which provides two distinct covered picnic zones, each with a unique view of the pond. The interior space contains built-in seating flanked by a fireplace and washroom area.
Construction on the new shelter will begin later this year as part of the $1 million project.
A three-year-old Winnipeg boy battling leukemia was all smiles on Friday when he was granted a wish by the Dream Factory.
Isaiah Toews received the keys to his battery-operated toy Jeep at St. Vital Park and put the pedal to the metal. But before he did, Winnipeg police Const. Shaun Chornley gave him a few pieces of safe driving advice.
“This little boy has already been poked, prodded and injected so many times,” said Isaiah’s grandfather, Chris Toews. “He now trusts absolutely no one in a white coat.”
Dr. Goodbear is lacing up for the 10th Annual Walk for Miracles on Sunday, as more than 200 participants take to the pathways at St. Vital Park.
The annual 1 km or 5 km walk begins at 10 a.m. inside the park, with a kick off taking place shortly before at 9:30 a.m.
The event raises funds and support for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
The Foundation works to support the special health care needs of children through reliable and consistent funding of equipment and programs at Children’s Hospital — HSC Winnipeg and pediatric medical research at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health.
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.
The weather looks like it will cooperate for the ALS Society of Manitoba’s Legacy Run today.
The 5k run at St. Vital Park begins at 9 a.m. at the Duck Pond, with proceeds going directly to fighting ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
ALS is a rapidly progressive fatal neuromuscular disease. It is characterized by degeneration of a select group of nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord, which leads to progressive paralysis of the muscles.
Early donations have brought in nearly $500 for the run. Anyone wishing to donate can still do so online.