The Fort Edmonton Park Enhancement Project is a $165 Million investment in the Park from all three levels of government and the Fort Edmonton Foundation.
Construction on the project began in Fall 2018 and will be complete when Fort Edmonton Park reopens in 2021.
As a result of the on-site construction activities, the Park will be closed for the 2020 general admission (May-September) season. There will be some activity in the Park during this time, including weddings, corporate retreats, galas and other special events.
The four main Enhancement Projects include:
- The Indigenous Peoples Experience
- Expansion of the 1920’s-style midway
- A new front entry plaza and guest services area
- Expansion of the Hotel Selkirk
Indigenous Peoples Experience
The Indigenous Peoples Experience is a new signature exhibit where visitors will learn about First Nations and Métis peoples, who will recount their history in their voice. Visitors will be immersed in these rich cultures through Indigenous narrators, interactive and hands-on exhibits, and engaging audio-visual components. The cultural gathering place will reflect the area’s diversity and the shared pre and post-contact histories in a fun, educational, and engaging way.
1920’s-Style Midway Expansion
Built to recreate the midway featured at the Edmonton Summer Exhibition, the expansion will reflect a typical 1920’s-style carnival. Along with an expanded rental venue space, the upgraded midway will feature a new Ferris wheel, fun house, maze, new games and the much-acclaimed Cabinet of Curios exhibit.
Front Entry Plaza and Guest Services Area
A new entrance will welcome visitors to Fort Edmonton Park and provide the conveniences of a high-quality tourist attraction. It will include a new pathway and entry plaza with a café, gift shop, washrooms, ticketing and guest services.
Hotel Selkirk Expansion
The Hotel represents the time when there was rapid growth in Edmonton. The expanded venue will attract conferences and weddings with a beautiful 250-person ballroom, a more open lounge area and additional room amenities. Fundraising is still underway for the hotel expansion.
There are many sub-projects that are part of the Enhancement Project scope that include but are not limited to:
All existing underground utilities will be replaced with infrastructure that will allow for future expansion of services. This includes storm sewer, sanitary sewer, natural gas, power, water, and communications.
Steam Train Maintenance Facility
A new facility with all amenities to support the maintenance on our 100-year old Baldwin steam train.