Assiniboine Park – 2017 National Finalist
Assiniboine Park is one of the oldest and largest urban parks in Canada. In 1904, the City of Winnipeg purchased 283 acres of woodland and prairie along the south side of the Assiniboine River. The Park was based on the Olmstead model and designed by Frederick G. Todd, a prominent landscape architect from Montreal who was a former student and employee of Olmstead’s, to be consistent with the English Landscape Style. Assiniboine Park quickly became the “jewel in the crown” of the City’s growing park system.
Over a century later, Assiniboine Park (now over 400 acres) remains one of Manitoba’s most cherished assets. The Park is a hub of year-round activity, a joyful gathering place in the heart of Winnipeg, and a natural oasis that allows visitors to reconnect with nature and each other. It is home to popular attractions, like the Assiniboine Park Zoo and Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. Wide open green spaces, breathtaking gardens, and a publicly accessible network of trails and recreational amenities encourage people to get outdoors and be active. A diverse selection of quality educational programs, free outdoor concerts at the Lyric Theatre, and a great variety of events and activities provide amazing opportunities for learning, celebration and recreation – experiences that strengthen the bonds that connect us as a community.
With over 5 million unique visits each year, Assiniboine Park is one of the most frequently visited attractions in Manitoba. It is common ground for people from all walks of life.