Lloydminster, AB/SK – Residents and visitors are invited to help shape one of the community’s oldest heritage sites as the City of Lloydminster launches its first phase of engagement for the Weaver Heritage Park Master Plan.
Currently, the park experiences barriers between amenities. The future site plan will connect these assets by integrating attractive yet functional connection areas, buffers and transition areas in addition to the rehabilitation of Lloydminster’s only fenced off-leash dog park.
Developing an interpretive plan for the Weaver Heritage Park will give visitors a deeper understanding and appreciation of the region’s history, culture and natural features. The plan aims to engage visitors through multiple phases and activities to foster a sense of stewardship and responsibility for the park’s preservation and protection.
Starting August 2, citizens can visit YourVoiceLloyd.ca/WeaverPark to complete a survey and share their ideas on the approach to the potential development and operations over the next 10 years of Lloydminster’s premier heritage and cultural destination. Staff will also be at Heritage Day, presented by Cenovus Energy, on August 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The engagement booth will be located near the farmers market.
The City of Lloydminster is committed to engaging with the community throughout the master plan process and encourages all residents to participate in the digital engagement campaign. The feedback and ideas collected during the campaign will be used to inform the final master plan, which will be presented to City Council for approval.
The first engagement campaign runs August 2-23, 2023, and includes a brief digital survey with an opportunity for respondents to provide comments or ask additional questions. The campaign also includes a virtual Question & Answer board, where residents can, publicly or privately, ask more about the master plan.
For more information on the Weaver Heritage Park Master Plan and to participate in the digital engagement campaign, visit YourVoiceLloyd.ca/WeaverPark. Those without access to a computer can obtain a paper copy of the survey at the Lloydminster Museum + Archives (4207 44 Street), City Hall (4420 50 Avenue) or contact the City of Lloydminster at 780-875-6184, Ext. 2322. Paper copies are due by August 23 at 11:59 p.m.
“Weaver Heritage Park holds a great representation of our region’s history and shared goals for a thriving, equitable and eco-friendly future. It’s crucial we approach the planning process with a thorough and inclusive engagement strategy. I encourage our community to contribute their unique perspectives as we work together to create a blueprint for Weaver Heritage Park’s growth and development over the next decade.”Mayor Gerald Aalbers
“Weaver Heritage Park is a vital part of our community, and we’re committed to ensuring that it continues to be a place where residents and visitors of all ages can come together, learn about our region’s history and enjoy nature all while participating in a wide range of activities. By engaging visitors in various stages and events, we aim to instill a sense of ownership and responsibility to maintain this treasured space for future generations. We firmly believe that this plan will significantly enhance the visitor experience and promote an even stronger connection to the park.”Joel Turcotte, Director, Recreation and Culture Services
- In 1946, the site, currently known as Weaver Heritage Park, was purchased by the Weaver Family as a homestead. The site was largely used by the family until 1960 when portions of the property were donated to the City of Lloydminster.
- In 1965, the Barr Colony Museum was established.
- Construction of a 20,000 sq. ft. museum was completed in 1989.
- The campground was developed in the 1990s/2000s.
- Lloydminster’s only off-leash dog park was created in 2016.
- The museum closed in 2020 and reopened at its temporary location in November 2021 as the Lloydminster Museum + Archives.
The consultant contract for the Weaver Heritage Park Master Plan was awarded to George Harris Collaborative Inc. for $174,688.00, excluding GST, in May 2023. The request for proposal was open from April 3-28, 2023. Twenty-two bids were received. For current City of Lloydminster bids and tenders opportunities, visit Lloydminster.ca/bids.