LePage Park to Undergo Major Resurfacing Project

YHMA seeking donations and sponsorships to supplement project funding

The Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA) will be undertaking a significant resurfacing project for LePage Park, located in downtown Whitehorse, this August. The current wooden deck, concrete paver circle, and grassy area around the stage will be replaced with recycled rubber surfacing, an option that offers a more comfortable surface for users as well as increased safety and durability. Funding for this project is made possible with support from Lotteries Yukon. YHMA is seeking donations and sponsorships towards remaining project costs not covered by funding.

“LePage Park is a hub for arts and culture performances and events,’ says YHMA Executive Director Lianne Maitland. “We are so pleased to have received this funding and to be able to undertake this project to update the park so it is attractive, safe, and user-friendly. The rubber surfacing really ticks all the boxes – it’s comfortable to walk on, helps prevent breakage from dropping, can easily be kept clear of debris, and is eco-friendly and long-lasting as well. We are even able to incorporate the circular shape of the current tiling, so the aesthetic relationship between the stage and surfacing will be retained.”

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, at which time the existing surfacing, as well as the seating area and stage, were installed. The planned surfacing upgrade will mark 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.

Donations can be made online through Canada Helps here or in person at the YHMA office, 3126 3rd Avenue, Whitehorse. 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 at info@heritageyukon.ca. Any funds raised beyond the current $15,000 goal will be used for future park renovations and maintenance.

Photo: Emma Cumming/YHMA