Kildonan Park

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Volleyball at Kildonan Park

Kildonan Park is a park in north Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Established in 1909, the park features the Peguis Pavilion, Rainbow Stage, the Witch's Hut, an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, duck pond, and soccer field as well as picnic tables and barbecue pits.[1][2] There are picnic sites and shelters available for rent.[2] In winter the park features a skating pond and two tobogganing slides. [1]

Kildonan Park features 39 hectares (390,000 m2) of park area, 25 hectares (250,000 m2) of mowable turf and 27,000 square metres (2.7 ha) of pathways,[2] including a perimeter path measuring 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi).[1]

Rainbow Stage[edit]

Rainbow Stage is Canada's longest-surviving outdoor theatre.[3] The covered, open-air theatre seats 2,600 people.[4]

Peguis Pavilion[edit]

The Peguis Pavilion building was built in the 1960s.[5]

In 2012, the pavilion underwent $2 million in renovations, including new heating and air conditioning, public washrooms on the main floor and basement, a new family washroom, a new elevator, refurbished kitchen and restaurant, and a new roof. In spring 2013, landscaping around the pavilion is expected to begin, including pond renovations.[5]

Witch's Hut[edit]

Witch's Hut

The Witch's Hut is a small building designed to illustrate the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.[6]

Dedicated and opened in October 1970, the Witch's Hut was a Centennial Project of the German Community of Manitoba and a gift to the children of the Province. Also known as das Hexenhaus, the hut was designed by Manitoba architect Hans Peter Langes.[7][6] The hut contains relief terracotta panels depicting the fairy tale in sequential scenes, along with full scale images of Hansel, Gretel and the witch.[7]

In summertime there are readings of Hansel and Gretel and other stories at the hut.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kildonan Park". City of Winnipeg. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kildonan Park". City of Winnipeg. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "AboutUs". Rainbow Stage. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Venues". City of Winnipeg. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Parsons, Lauren (2 August 2012). "Winnipeg’s Kildonan Park pavilion getting $2M facelift". Metro News. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Witch's Hut". City of Winnipeg. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "The History of the Witch’s Hut / das Hexenhaus". German-Canadian Congress Manitoba. June 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 

Coordinates: 49°56′37″N 97°06′10″W / 49.94361°N 97.10278°W / 49.94361; -97.10278