Edmontonians to Benefit from the Creation of a New Destination Park Space in Hawrelak Park

The Government of Canada is providing $215,000 to fund this project in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues

EDMONTON, Aug. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced that the Government of Canada will be providing $215,000 for the creation of a new destination park space within Edmonton's W. Hawrelak Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL). Minister Sohi made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The project will create a year-round display panel (36.6 m2) to feature content that will be used to inform the public of ongoing activities, events, celebrations and opportunities. Along the pathways and the bridge, there will be six interpretive areas with interactive, artistic elements, as well as two interpretive panels depicting the evolution of the EFCL over the last 100 years.

This funding is being provided through the Legacy Fund component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, administered by Canadian Heritage. The Legacy Fund supports capital projects that celebrate anniversaries of significant events or personalities that had an impact on the local community.


"The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in commemorative projects that highlight important moments in the history of our communities. These projects remind us of the people, places and events that have shaped our great country. This year, as we celebrate Canada 150, we are delighted to help create a lasting legacy at Hawrelak Park for the residents of Edmonton and make 2017 a year to remember."

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"Our government is proud to help make the new outdoor space a landmark in the region. This great community enhancement project will also increase exposure to local arts and heritage for the citizens of Edmonton and its visitors. Congratulations to all the dedicated members of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, past and present, for their contributions to Edmonton's cultural cohesion over the past 100 years."

-The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Quick Facts

The EFCL is a non-profit organization founded in 1921 to assist community leagues with support, programs and advice for creating facilities and programs.

The project will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the 142nd Street Community League, Edmonton's first community league and Canada's first community-based association.

The Government of Canada, under the Legacy Fund of the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program, will contribute $215,000 ($50,000 in 2016–17 and $165,000 in 2017–18) to help build the new Community League Plaza within Edmonton's W. Hawrelak Park.

Associated Links

Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues http://efcl.org/events--projects/efcl-100-year-anniversary/

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1455310870059/1455310944929

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca


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