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This article was published 21/9/2020 (316 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The breadth of work of a landscape architect ranges from community parks and gardens to large-scale developments and more. Beautiful public and private spaces in each neighbourhood, such as Belvedère Saint-Boniface and Taché Promenade, were designed by landscape architects.
The idea of a waterfront lookout along Taché Avenue that capitalizes on fantastic views and St. Boniface’s rich heritage has been churning through the design and planning circles in Winnipeg for over a decade.
The original vision of a tree-top overlook by landscape architects Cheryl Oakden and Mike Scatliff was incorporated into the City’s 2014 riverfront revitalization plan, Go… to the Waterfront, written by Scatliff + Miller + Murray. The overlook was later adapted and incorporated by architect Étienne Gaboury and landscape architect Garry Hilderman in their magnificent rendition called a belvedère. The lookout structure, perched over the east bank of the Red River, was to serve as a focal point along a new 2.5 kilometre multi-use promenade connecting The Forks with the French Quarter.
With financial contributions from the Winnipeg Foundation, the City followed through on that plan and completed construction of Belvedère Saint-Boniface and Taché Promenade in 2019.
The project covers roughly 450 metres of riverbank, stretching between Esplanade Riel and Rue Despins. It was led by TREK Geotechnical, with Morrison Hershfield providing civil and structural engineering, and HTFC Planning & Design as landscape architects. The team tackled a host of technical challenges and tight deadlines and succeeded in getting it designed and built in record time.
Within days of opening, the promenade became a popular destination for pedestrians, cyclists, dog walkers, joggers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking to connect with nature right in the City’s centre. At the south end, Belvedère Saint-Boniface swoops out over the riverbank, offering pedestrians a unique tree-top experience and a vantage point for some of Winnipeg’s most striking vistas.
The belvedere also supports an illuminated sculpture by Marcel Gosselin titled Phare ouest. Marcel’s piece was developed through the Winnipeg Arts Council, and is inspired, like Gaboury’s original concept, by the landing of the Grey Nuns near this site in 1844. The completion of the belvedere coincides with the 175th anniversary of their arrival.
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Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba? Every year, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects compiles a growing list of events around Winnipeg to celebrate Landscape Architecture in the province.
For more information on events happening around Winnipeg in September please visit www.mala.net
Be sure to follow MALA on Instagram @mala.landscape.architects and on Twitter @mala_net.
Join the conversation by posting your own pictures of your favourite outdoor spaces with the hashtag #MBLAmonth to learn more about what landscape architects do.
— courtesy of Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects