The Government of Alberta announced it will be redesigning the Alberta Legislature grounds, with input from the public, including the water feature, on the new design options.

The $20-million federal-provincial infrastructure project was announced in May 2022.

The existing water features were built in 1979.

The project will improve the walkways and concrete decking around the water features, refurbish the reflecting pool and ornamental dome fountain, and completely redesign the terraced wading pool.

“We are ensuring that the Legislature water features are accessible, safe, and fun for all Albertans to visit and enjoy. I am excited to see the direction Albertans choose for our new wading pool,” said Nathan Neudorf, Deputy Premier and Minister of Infrastructure.

Albertans will be asked to choose their favourite design from three different concepts for the terraced wading pool area, including which elements and features are the most important to them. This feedback will help to inform the final design.

“Visiting the pools and fountains at the Legislature grounds are a summer highlight for many Albertans, and I am thrilled that this project is taking the input of Albertans into consideration as part of the design process,” said Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

The dome fountain and reflecting and wading pools have been closed to the public since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and mechanical system and public safety issues.

$20 million is being invested into renewing or replacing the Alberta legislature grounds water features and walkways:

  • $10 million through the Alberta government’s Budget 2022 Capital Plan.
  • $10 million through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), with $8 million from the Government of Canada and $2 million from the Alberta government.
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Construction for this project is anticipated to begin in spring 2023, with completion expected in 2024.

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