The Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA) has broken ground on a major resurfacing project for LePage Park, located in downtown Whitehorse, with work expected to be completed within two weeks. The former concrete paver circle, wooden decking, and exposed ground area between the stage and seating area will be replaced with recycled rubber surfacing, an option that offers a more comfortable surface for users as well as increased safety and durability.
Originally planned for August 2019, installation of the new surfacing was moved to 2020 due to delays in the permitting process and concerns regarding the availability of suitable weather conditions. This facility upgrade marks phase one of a longer-term renovation plan that will eventually see the replacement of all the current surfacing, as well as work on the stage, seating area, and landscaping.
Funding for this project is made possible with support from Lotteries Yukon, Better Hearing Audiology Clinic, Builders Supplyland, and a variety of donors. YHMA is seeking donations and sponsorships towards remaining project costs for this phase and future phases of park renovations.
“We are thrilled that this project has finally come to fruition,” says YHMA Executive Director Lianne Maitland. “We recognize the importance of LePage Park as a hub for our community and a home for arts and culture performances and events. We have been planning this work for almost two years, and really look forward to a more user-friendly park.”
“The rubber surfacing was our preferred option because it is comfortable to walk on, easy to keep clear of debris, eco-friendly, durable, and attractive – we picked colours and patterns that will complement the stage and the mosaic on its base.”
YHMA is responsible for the maintenance of this public park through a 99-year lease with the City of Whitehorse, which also includes the three designated historic buildings surrounding the park. The park last underwent renovations in the early 2000s.
Donations can be made online to the LePage Park Conversation & Maintenance Fund through Canada Helps, or by contacting YHMA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 867-667-4704. Donors will receive a charitable tax receipt, and donors giving $1000 or more will be recognized on a thank you sign to be erected in the park. Potential sponsors should contact YHMA directly.