The Government of Alberta announced the completion of the new reflecting pool and dome fountain on the legislative grounds, after being closed for construction since March 2023.

Opening over the long weekend, the new features of the pool include barrier-free entry points to allow safe and easy access for people with mobility challenges, which opens the pool to more people.

“Albertans and visitors to the legislature have been waiting a long time for these pools to reopen and I am thrilled that Phase 1 is done for them to enjoy this summer! I look forward to continuing the work to keep our legislature grounds accessible, safe and fun for everyone for decades to come,” said Pete Guthrie, Minister of Infrastructure.

The reflecting pool, north cascade fountains and dome fountain were originally built in the 1970s. To complete the new reflecting pool and dome fountain, crews used two types of Canadian granite, the majority of which was repurposed from the old fountain and pool.

“The pools and fountains at the legislature are a symbol of what it means to have a house of democracy that is open and accessible to everyone we serve. I look forward to seeing people of all ages enjoying the new pools and our beautiful grounds as part of this year’s Canada Day celebrations at the legislature,” said Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Upgrades to the legislature grounds are divided into two phases. Phase one included the refurbishment of the reflecting pool and dome fountain. Phase two includes the “River” water feature concept as selected by Albertans in 2023, which is expected to be finished in 2025.

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The reflecting pool, north cascade fountains and dome fountain have been closed since 2020 due to age-related maintenance concerns.

Demolition of the reflecting pool, plaza decking and north cascade fountains began in March 2023, and finished in August 2023, when construction on the new features began.

For the reflecting pool and dome fountain upgrades:

  • The depth of the new reflecting pool is approximately six inches.
  • More than 2,700 cubic meters of concrete was poured on site.
  • About 200 tonnes of rebar was delivered to site.

The federal government is contributing $8 million through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to the legislature grounds improvement project. The Government of Alberta is investing $2 million through ICIP and an additional $10 million from Alberta’s Capital Plan.

Featured image: (Government of Alberta)

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