Edmonton, AB – March 5, 2018
Fort Edmonton Park is getting ready for a 165 million dollar enhancement that will offer exciting new experiences for Edmontonians and visitors. The update will include an upgrade of the existing underground utilities, a new front entry plaza and admissions facility, an expansion of the Selkirk Hotel and the 1920s Midway, plus the addition of the new Indigenous Peoples Experience.
For 2018, the experience at the Park will remain unchanged, with the exception of the steam train and site preparation. The 99-year-old Baldwin steam engine will take a well-deserved rest for the period during the enhancement project as the railyard and shop undergo updates and enhancements. Such efforts will ensure the iconic steam whistle is enjoyed by all for another 100 years. “We will continue with our regular programming for 2018 and in early August work will start on the Indigenous Peoples Experience,” says Sandra Green, spokesperson for the Park. “This year will be a great time for people to experience the Park as it is today. When it re-opens to full programming we’ll have some exciting new additions and opportunities for people to engage with the Park.”
The last day for daily programming will be September 3, 2018. The impact on daily heritage programming in the summers of 2019 and 2020 can not be fully defined at this time. While it is certain that some interruption in operations will occur, the Park will endeavour to maintain as much activity as possible. Signature Events (e.g. Spooktacular), Entertainment Events (e.g. Cinema Series) and Private Events (e.g. Corporate Parties) will continue throughout construction in 2018 to 2020. Every effort will be made to continue enrichment programming such as educational programming, etc.
Limited site preparation will begin this winter and continue into the spring. Project updates will be available on the City of Edmonton and Fort Edmonton Park websites. The grand re-opening of the Park is anticipated for May 2021. “Fort Edmonton Park, an icon of the Edmonton cultural landscape, is entering a new era—one open to possibilities previously unimaginable,” says, Don Cummings, FEMCo Board Chair.