ASSINIBOINE PARK DUCK POND PAVILION
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Client: The City of Winnipeg
Award: Winnipeg Accessibility Award (Honourable Mention)
The Assiniboine Park Duck Pond Pavilion has been a public picnic/skate change area and washroom facility since 1967. In 2007, the Pavilion was identified by the City of Winnipeg as a public facility in need of repair and re-invention. The winter skate change area felt dark and unsafe, and washrooms were not accessible. The structure is now a fully accessible public facility ̶ bright, spacious and safe. More than a public washroom facility, it also provides visitors with a great place to gather. 75% of the original facility was reused, and a gas-burning fireplace was added (with funds saved from reusing materials). The original roof was raised and supporting pillars were adapted to create a bright and universally accessible public gathering space. It has become a beloved destination of Assiniboine Park visitors, and is characterized by a welcoming and robust design.