Construction on a new play space at Galt Gardens is set to begin next week. The project received a $375,000 grant from the federal government.
Crystal Scheit, the urban revitalization manager for the city broke down the budget costs for this upcoming initiative.
“The play space itself is over 50 per cent funded by that grant that we were able to obtain the $375,000. And then Council approved an additional $125,000 from our Capital Improvement Program to help offset the additional costs in order to build the play space. And then we’ve also added in some additional funding for public realm improvements around the space so that’ll include some seating, additional lighting, kind of a walking area just to kind of tie it into the existing features in Galt Gardens here.”
Below is an in-depth recap of the costs for the project:
The grant from the Government of Canada represents more than 50 per cent of the $662,000 total project cost. The remaining $287,000 comes from a previously-approved budget in Public Realm Enhancements for $152,000, plus $125,000 approved by Lethbridge City Council in the 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program as well as $10,000 from the Kal-Tire Replay Fund.
Fencing will be set up in early June and the play space will be located adjacent to the Rotary Centennial Fountain in the southeast corner of Galt Gardens. The park is tentatively scheduled to open by mid-September.