August 25th, 2019

Suggestions welcome for Legacy Park


By Mabell, Dave on August 14, 2019.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com

While new facilities are being added to Legacy Regional Park this summer, local children and parents are invited to help plan future improvement.

An activity-based preview session will be held Thursday at the site of a future “discovery playground.” From 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., parks staff and design consultants will be on hand to show current concept designs and take feedback and ideas for elements of the new facility.

It’s intended to be a multi-generational space “where people of all ages and abilities will find accessible, exciting and engaging outdoor fun,” planners say.

Children will be encouraged to share their ideas and show off their creative skills by building “the play tower of their dreams” or by working with one of the consulting artists to draw pieces of the new playground.

Families can enter to win a set of four tickets to “Paw Patrol” at the Enmax Centre on Feb. 4 or – for older participants – a draw to win a $50 sports store gift card.

Tents and balloons will identify the site of Thursday’s event, near the outdoor basketball courts and skateboard park.

Nearby, park visitors can also enjoy the new floral plantings in the park’s northwest corner, where volunteers from the Lethbridge Horticultural Society have been creating an area of peaceful beauty.

“They have done a great job in planning and funding their project,” says parks manager Dave Ellis.

Also close by, Ellis says construction will begin shortly on the pavilion and group picnic shelter being added as part of the park’s second phase of development.

Excavation will also begin shortly for the large spray park planned to open next summer.

And contractors are completing construction of a new parking lot on the park’s north side, along with a service road to the west entrance.

Ellis says the park’s trees and turf are being watered again, following installation of a temporary pump for the underground irrigation system.

“The repairs to the pump house is a contractual matter,” but work is continuing to resolve the issue.

But due to the system’s failure this summer, Ellis says it’s unlikely the soccer fields and ball diamond will be ready for play until next summer.

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