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The Fort Edmonton Park Enhancement project added new public exhibits and experiences for visitors to enjoy.

Project Update - June 2021

Construction is complete and Fort Edmonton Park will reopen on July 1, 2021 for the summer season (until September 6, 2021). Reopening and admissions will depend on Alberta Health Services Covid-19 restrictions. Visit fortedmontonpark.ca for opening details. Private event bookings are still being accepted for 2021.

Project Overview

Construction is now complete on the $165 million Fort Edmonton Park Enhancement Project. New features and exhibits include:

  • Underground utilities: necessary replacement and upgrades

  • New streetcar tracks and catenary

  • Indigenous Peoples Experience: new feature exhibit and area development

  • Johnny J. Jones Exposition (1920 Midway Enhancement): new attractions added to the midway

  • Front Entry Guest Admissions Plaza: streamlined and improved access, as well as a cafe and gift shop

  • Freight Shed Extension: improved viewing area for the model railway exhibit

  • Steam Train Maintenance Facility: new building to house the Baldwin steam train

Project Timeline

operate phase

2021

Reopening July 1

Construction is complete on the front entry plaza, expansion to the Midway, the new signature exhibit and the Indigenous Peoples Experience.

2020

  • All design has been completed and tendered
  • All projects are in full construction, with peak activity in 2020, including some weekend work

2019

Completed Design:

  • Guard House
  • Hotel Selkirk expansion

Projects Out for Tender:

  • Interior design of Indigenous Peoples Experience
  • Utility enhancement
  • Catenary lines and streetcar track enhancements
  • Front entrance and guest admission

Under Construction:

  • Johnny J. Jones Exposition enhancement (Midway)
  • Indigenous Peoples Experience
  • Freight shed expansion (Edmonton Model Railway Association)
  • Utility enhancement

Project History

Project Update - July 2020

Fort Edmonton Park is not open for general admission in the 2020 summer season (May-September). The next scheduled event at the Park will be the scare attraction DARK, taking place in October 2020. The Park is anticipated to fully reopen in 2021 following completion of the Enhancement Project. The exact date has not been determined yet.

Private event bookings are now being accepted for 2021.

Project Update - April 2019

Fort Edmonton Park will not be open for general admission in the 2019 summer season (May-September). The Park remains open throughout construction for special events such as DARK, Carnaval and live theatre and for private events such as weddings, meetings and corporate parties.

The impact on daily heritage programming in the summer of 2020 cannot be fully defined at this time. While it is certain that some interruption in operations will occur, the Park will endeavour to maintain as much activity as possible.

Environmental Impact Assessment and Site Location Study

An Environmental Impact Assessment and Site Location Study were completed and approved by the Executive Committee of Council (Item 6.14) on July 4, 2017.

Historical Resources Act

Provincial approval for the project was provided on September 22, 2016 (new attractions) and May 8, 2018 (utility enhancement).

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