About Assiniboine Park

Assiniboine Park and Assiniboine Park Zoo are open year-round.

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The Park's Story

Winnipeg's Crown Jewel

The original Assiniboine Park Pavilion was built in 1908.

In 1904, the City of Winnipeg purchased 283 acres of woodland and prairie along the south side of the Assiniboine River. Termed the "Suburban Park" for the first ten years, Assiniboine Park, as it was later named, was the first of the City's Regional Park system.

The Park quickly became the "jewel in the crown" of the City's growing park system, and the social "hub" of outdoor leisure and major events; and, has retained this status to the present time, almost a century later.

Revered Approach to Park Design

Development of the Formal Garden in the southeast corner of the Park was completed in 1907.

Prominent landscape architect, Mr. Frederick G. Todd, was commissioned to develop plans for Assiniboine Park. Having studied and worked for Frederick Law Olmstead, Todd created the Park using an English Landscape Style.

This style of design, developed in Britain in the 19th century and popularized in North America by Olmstead, features large open meadows and lawns flanked by border plantings of natural woods, naturalized plantings of shrubbery, free form or serpentine shaped water bodies, tree lined drives, and broad vista type views.

Progress, Repose, and Revival: 1904 to 1971

Rapid development in the early 1900's resulted in the completion of all the Park's major roadways, path systems, buildings, and landscaping including planting and developing open lawn areas. Winnipeg was growing and Assiniboine Park offered people with the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities in a concentrated area.

The Park's growth continued until 1915, when the War brought an unexpected halt to the progress. Suffering from increased labour and material costs, decreased revenue for the Parks Board, and a national necessity for a rigid economy, the Park experienced little development.

Continued Innovation: 1990s

From 1971 to 1990, capital improvements in Assiniboine Park were virtually non-existent. However, during the 1990s, a committee of citizens took the initiative to design and raise the capital to build Phase I of the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. Taken the attraction through three development phases in the decade, the funding committee evolved into "Partners in the Park". This organization also redeveloped the Pavilion and constructed the Lyric Stage, significantly broadening the activities and events that occur in the Park today.

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Assiniboine Park entered a new era in 2008 with the establishment of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC), a private/public, not-for-profit, charitable organization with a mandate to develop, govern and manage the overall Park and its amenities. APC has a 50-year lease with the City of Winnipeg, which owns the property and assets.

The last significant capital investment in Assiniboine Park by the City of Winnipeg was over 40 years ago. Refurbishment of the Pavilion and the creation of the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden (all three phases) were undertaken by the private sector based on the need and opportunity that presented itself. Faced with aging facilities and the growing challenge of maintaining them, APC was charged with the task of charting a course for the future of the Park and all of its entities that would ensure its long-term viability.

The creation of the Park was a visionary and bold move on the part of the City Council of the day. Protecting, enhancing and redeveloping it for the next century will require the same kind of leadership and acumen.

Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Redevelopment Plan

Gateway to the ArcticWatch polar bears swim in the Zoo's new Journey to Churchill exhibit!

In June 2009, following extensive consultation with community stakeholders, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy unveiled a $200 million redevelopment plan for Assiniboine Park & Zoo to be completed over 10 years in three distinct phases.

The goals of the Park and Zoo Redevelopment are to connect people to nature and animals, to create community through a variety of memorable experiences, to inspire people to care about our natural world, and celebrate the unique beauty and history of our city and province.

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Imagine a Place Campaign was launched with the goal of raising $200 million to fund the transformation of Assiniboine Park Zoo.

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