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Fort Edmonton Foundation launches ‘Light the Midway’ campaign for 1920s midway renovation

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WATCH ABOVE: It's a piece of Edmonton, anchored in history. Fort Edmonton Park is offering you the chance to be a part of its future though its "Light the Midway" campaign. Morgan Black explains. – Aug 25, 2020

Fort Edmonton Park is inviting park-goers to shine a light on its next chapter. The “Light the Midway” campaign encourages Edmontonians to purchase a $50 light bulb as a donation to support the park’s renovations.

The Fort Edmonton Foundation launched the fundraiser to help cover the costs of expanding the 1920s-style Johnny L. Jones Midway.

“We set a goal of $1 million because we thought it would be achievable. Twenty-thousand bulbs is very close to the number of bulbs that are actually on the midway,” said Fort Edmonton Foundation’s executive director Janet Tryhuba.

The midway will recreate a visit to a carnival 100 years ago — featuring a bigger Ferris wheel, a maze and a funhouse.

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“You are given a symbolic bulb when you donate, so you can take that home and share your story of what Fort Edmonton Park means to you on social media,” Tryhuba said.

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Fort Edmonton Park’s enhancement project will cost $165 million and has received funding from the foundation and all three levels of government.

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“It’s one of those places that is a tangible living history experience,” Jason Clarke, president of the Fort Edmonton Foundation, said.

The park will also feature a new Indigenous Peoples Experience, along with a new front entry and guest services plaza at the facility in Edmonton’s river valley.

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“It’s magical for us to look back and share the experiences that our early pioneers and Indigenous people experienced in this land,” Tryhuba said.

“It’s a place where people can see their own history and share the stories of Edmonton. They can share that with the next generation.”

A birdeye’s view of the Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park. Courtesy/Fort Edmonton Park

The park is scheduled to reopen to the public in Spring 2021 and you can purchase a bulb on the foundation’s website.

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Funds are also being raised to initiate the expansion of the Hotel Selkirk.

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