The dome fountain, reflecting pool, and wading pool in the North Plaza of Alberta's Legislature building have been closed to the public since 2020, but its future is now a bit clearer as the Government of Alberta revealed three possible design concepts for the downtown Edmonton plaza on Thursday.
Originally built in the 1970s, the three water features were closed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic due to both public safety and mechanical issues. The now-underway redesign project is expected to cost $20M, with $10M funded through the Budget 2022 Capital Plan and the other half coming via the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, which includes $8M from the Government of Canada.
As part of the project, the existing dome fountain and reflecting pool will be refurbished, the walkways and concrete decking surrounding the water features will be improved, and the wading pool will be completely redesigned.
On Thursday, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta Nathan Cooper revealed the potential redesign concepts, saying "visiting the pools and fountains at the Legislature grounds are a summer highlight for many Albertans, and I am thrilled that this project is taking the input of Albertans into consideration as part of the design process."
The three concepts for the wading pool are as follows:
Concept A. (Government of Alberta)
Concept B. (Government of Alberta)
Concept C (Government of Alberta)
Albertans interested in voicing their opinion can fill out a brief online survey from now until Friday, January 27. A summary of the survey results with details about the final design will be provided before construction begins.
For those who find themselves in the area, poster boards have been placed around the plaza with QR codes that can be scanned to access the same survey.
If all goes according to plan, construction will begin in Spring 2023 and be complete by Summer 2024.