New Pavilion for Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George’s premier park is about to get a major upgrade.
Today the city announced plans to revitalize the former picnic shelter area – the decrepit structure was torn down in 2014 – and replace it with what will become known as the Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park Pavilion.
The final price tag is expected to reach somewhere between $700,000 to $725,000 – the provincial government will chip in $25,000 for a monument inside the pavilion while the balance will be split between the federal government and the city.
The shelter will not only include picnic tables but historical information about the Lheidli T’enneh and their relationship to the land.
The city partnered with the Lheidli T’enneh on the intitiative (though the First Nation did not contribute financially) and Mayor Lyn Hall said the “sky’s the limit” regarding its future use.
“We’re so close to the water park that I think what we’re going to see here is families utilizing this for picnics, bringing their families down to the water park and utilizing it for that. What a great setting.”
“I think it’s a good thing happening between us and the city,” added Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominick Frederick. “Working together with the city to help look at designs and what should go inside it relating to our history.”
The design was created by Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects out of Vancouver.
“It’s a really nice, modern interpretation with historical features,” said Bruce Carscadden, a partner with the firm.
“Peaked roof references across to the escarpment on the other side and it kind of opens broadly to the centre of the park. There’s a slight curve to the plan that references the kind of the confluence of the paths in the park and makes reference to the rivers as well.”
He said the project will be tendered next month to local contractors. Carscadden expects work will be completed sometime this summer.