New pavilion opens in Edmonton’s River Valley

The City of Edmonton opened the doors on a new pavilion in Victoria Park on Dec. 12, 2015. Global News

EDMONTON – There is now a new spot to enjoy the River Valley year-round. The Victoria Park Pavilion officially opened on Saturday.

The facility serves as a centre for outdoor activities and skating while also providing indoor public amenities.

“Victoria Park Pavilion will bring warmth to our river valley,” Mayor Don Iveson said. “This new building will provide a great resting spot and facilities for everyone to enjoy the outdoors all year round.”

The $4.2-million pavilion was paid for by the city ($1 million), the provincial government’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative ($2.9 million), and a partner: The Edmonton Speed Skating Association ($349,000).

“We are very excited about this new pavilion,” said Jules Chabot, president of the association. “It’s in an ideal location and will provide both skiers and skaters with a place to gear up and warm up.”

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The pavilion includes several features designed to reduce energy consumption, including a rain garden to capture and absorb groundwater, and geothermal heating and cooling. The geothermal system will reduce estimated electricity consumption by more than 60 per cent.

Victoria Park Pavilion is the last of five new park pavilions opened across Edmonton. The city also built pavilions in Borden and Castle Downs district parks, and Mill Woods and John Fry Sports Parks.