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IMPROVEMENTS COMING – Construction fencing has been placed around Lepage Park, seen Wednesday, as the renovation work kicks off.

Lepage Park resurfacing work begins

The Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA) has broken ground on a major resurfacing project for LePage Park in downtown Whitehorse.

By Whitehorse Star on May 28, 2020

The Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA) has broken ground on a major resurfacing project for LePage Park in downtown Whitehorse.

Work is expected to be completed within two weeks, the association said Tuesday.

The former concrete paver circle, wooden decking, and exposed ground area between the stage and seating area will be replaced with recycled rubber surfacing.

That option offers “a more comfortable surface for users, as well as increased safety and durability,” the YHMA said.

Originally planned for August 2019, installation of the new surfacing was moved to 2020 due to delays in the permitting process and concerns regarding suitable weather.

This 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.

“We are thrilled that this project has finally come to fruition,” said Lianne Maitland, the YHMA’s executive director.

“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 fact that the COVID-19 emergency has scrubbed this summer’s Arts in the Park performances simplifies getting the work done.

“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,” Maitland said.

The YHMA is responsible for the maintenance of the public park through a 99-year lease with the City of Whitehorse, including the three designated historic buildings surrounding the park. The park last underwent renovations in the early 2000s.

Lotteries Yukon, Better Hearing Audiology Clinic, Builders Supplyland, and a variety of donors are co-funding the work.

The YHMA is seeking donations and sponsorships toward the remaining costs for this and future phases of the renovations.

Donations can be made online to the LePage Park Conversation & Maintenance Fund through Canada Helps at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/yukon-historical-museums-association/, or by contacting YHMA at info@heritageyukon.ca or 667-4704.

Donors will receive a charitable tax receipt. Those giving $1,000 or more will be recognized on a thank you sign to be erected in the park.

The YHMA is a territorially-incorporated society and registered charitable organization that works to strengthen heritage in the Yukon through leadership, advocacy, and education.

Comments (4)

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Itookalook on Jun 3, 2020 at 12:15 pm

So Steve what are we to do with these people? We boot them out of Lepage (or whatever it is called) and they go somewhere else. Then another Steve minded person complains, so they are booted out of that area and go somewhere else. You see where I am going with this. The old tried and true booting people out of an area does not work. We as a society have to do better and insist on long term solutions to homelessness. These people have nowhere to go or be, utterly unacceptable in our properous Yukon!!

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My Opinion on May 30, 2020 at 4:57 pm


No, It is LePage Park. What is your agenda?

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Heather on May 28, 2020 at 6:10 pm

Correction: this is actually called “Hootchie Park”.

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Steve on May 28, 2020 at 4:03 pm

Now all they need to do is keep the druggies and drunks out of that park, and people might like to hang out in it more!

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