Park Pavilion Price Tag Tops $775 Grand
Prince George, B.C. – The new pavilion project in the picnic area at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park will have a total price tag topping three-quarters-of-a-million dollars.
Funding for the project is as follows: $377,000 from the federal Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and a matching $377,000 from the City of Prince George adding up to $754,000 for the pavilion. On top of that is $25,000 from the province for a monument which is being incorporated into the pavilion. Total price tag, $779,000.
Mayor Lyn Hall says there were a number of reasons the pavilion project was selected by the City. “We wanted to replace the (original, removed) shelter. We heard loud and clear and so when we had our staff meet with the Lheidli representatives it was decided that if we created a pavilion-style shelter, like the drawing shows, that that would take care of what was there before plus a considerable amount of add-ons.”
“So that’s how it was decided. It was always in the plan to build that shelter and we wanted to make sure that we had Lheidli at the table and that this was a partnership and both were o.k. with the design and o.k. with the concept.”
When suggested that three-quarters of a million dollars might seem a hefty price tag for a shelter for picnic tables Mayor Hall noted that “there’s a bit more to it but I wasn’t at the table when the discussions were taking place around the engineering piece or the architectural piece.”
“My thought on it is, first of all there’s ground work that has to be done and so it’s not just building that structure. There’s also work that’s going to be done around the history and the cultural aspects of the Lheidli T’enneh as well, so that’s all part of it.” He adds the full design will outline what the entire project is going to be comprised of.
Mayor Hall was asked whether there was any public discussion about advancing this particular project over some others that might be under consideration in the city. “Well,” he says “we’ve been pretty lucky with Canada 150 grants so far and this was part of the Canada 150 application and it was a project that was identified to be completed, so I’m not sure what you mean by public consultation.”
“The public has given us a tremendous amount of ideas, and of course one of the ones which we’ve just completed, which was the Coldsnap event, that one had Canada 150 money to it along with a number of other groups that received Canada 150 grant dollars. So this was identified as one of the projects that we wanted to get funding for through 150 and it was the Lheidli and our staff that developed that kind of concept.”
Hall says he’ll have to check to see whether there is any other Canada 150 funding available to Prince George. He says “we partnered as well with the Prince George Community Foundation, which is in partnership with the Canada-wide Community Foundations, to have a little better leverage around Canada 150 dollars so there’s still that piece in place. But I haven’t heard where that funding is. That would be something that I’d have to ask the Community Foundation folks about.”
“I’m expecting there’s more Canada 150 dollars coming, but I just don’t know what they would be earmarked for and, as I said, the foundation would be one of the ones that would probably be in line for that.”
The mayor says “it’ll be interesting, when all of the 150 dollars are in, what the contribution was in Canada 150 grants to Prince George. I think it’s going to be considerable.”
As far as a timeline for construction of the pavilion goes Mayor Hall says he hasn’t been given a firm date for completion but does know that preparatory work will begin as soon as the weather permits.*