All three levels of government are set to support the $75M Diversity Gardens at Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the federal government will provide up to $35 million in funding to build Canada’s Diversity Gardens. The Gardens will showcase Canada’s biodiversity and multicultural heritage using living plants.
The City of Winnipeg has already confirmed a $10-million contribution to the project. In addition, the state of Manitoba is expected to contribute $15 million. Private donations will make up the additional funding.
“Canada’s cultural and recreational sites provide Canadians and their families with spaces to have fun and be active,” says Trudeau. “The Diversity Gardens will soon join the host of world-class sites in Manitoba where residents and tourists can celebrate Canada’s biodiversity, our multicultural heritage, and the importance of nature in our lives.”
Trudeau also pointed out that the project will support local business and attract more tourists to Winnipeg. “The project will also create good, well-paying jobs here in Winnipeg for the middle class and those working hard to join it,” he says.
Assiniboine Park was founded in 1904. It boasts a range of attractions including the Assiniboine Park Zoo and the 700 acre Assiniboine Forest. The Assiniboine Park Conservatory and historic Assiniboine Park Pavilion offer indoor attractions. The park has formal and informal gardens, including a sculpture garden. There is also a miniature railway and an outdoor theatre for the performing arts.
The Park is one of Manitoba’s most visited attractions with over 4.5 million visitors a year.
Image courtesy of Assiniboine Park.