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A look inside the Master Plan . . .

Riverbank Discovery Centre

Development of “The Hub North” will see the Riverbank Discovery Centre and grounds transformed into the heart of the River Corridor. A number of unique projects will rejuvenate the area, making the Discovery Centre a regional entertainment, play and cultural destination focused on celebrating the living history of the Assiniboine River.

Festival Park

The first feature to be developed in the area was Festival Park. The signature feature of the park will be an amphitheatre with a covered, elevated stage. The amphitheatre berm will be formed adjacent to the existing dike and will feature grass terraces with stone seating structures, and a viewing node at the top of the embankment with a shade structure. The berm will face an elevated, covered stage that will be capable of hosting everything from small cultural performances to large summer concerts. The stage will be at an elevation above the 300-year flood level and will be covered with a permanent, high-tensile canopy. Utilities and structures will be in place to easily accommodate performance groups of all sizes, making it an affordable space for groups to rent throughout the summer. The amphitheatre will have a capacity of up to 3,000 people and will be a premiere outdoor celebration space in Brandon and Southwestern Manitoba. The stage area will be landscaped to provide shade, define spaces and to buffer performance areas from the wind.

FESTIVAL PARK SEAT SALE CAMPAIGN

Brandon Riverbank Inc. is proud to present local families and businesses with this exciting opportunity to leave a permanent mark in our community and the beautiful new venue that will be Festival Park. For a $2,500 contribution, donors will be recognized as purchasing an amphitheater seat and will receive a full tax receipt for their contribution. To purchase a seat in Festival Park please contact James at (204) 717-8801.

Through May of 2018 we ran a special promotion as part of this campaign, where each donor who purchased a seat in the month of May was entered into a draw for the chance to win Dinner for 8 in the Private Dining Room at the 2019 Grey Owl Restaurant, courtesy of Assiniboine Community College. We are pleased to announce that the special promotion helped to raise $56,000 toward the campaign, with many businesses and individuals purchasing amphitheater seats. On June 8th we held the draw and announced Patricia & Cliff Bowslaugh as the winners of the 2019 Grey Owl prize package. Thank you to everyone for their support of the Festival Park Project.

 

Sponsorship & Naming Rights Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunity Sponsorship Amount
Stage &/or Amphitheatre Please contact James at (204) 717-8801 or james@riverbank.mb.ca.
Amphitheatre Limestone Seats $2,500 per seat
Tree $500 per tree
Shrub Grouping $250 per grouping

Festival Park will feature a number of other amenities that will be enjoyed in every season by families relaxing and learning in this beautiful park setting. A large lawn will be available for games, kite-flying and will be used as overflow parking for 200+ cars during large events. Two large multi-family picnic shelters will be constructed on the edge of the lawn area, featuring picnic tables, a fireplace and food preparation areas. These picnic shelters will be the inaugural structures in a consistent design theme that will be found in all of the parks throughout the Assiniboine River Corridor. Native prairie grasses will be incorporated into the landscape, creating a natural pallet that changes in every season, and overtime creates a beautiful, low-maintenance environment.

Sponsorship & Naming Rights Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunity Sponsorship Amount
Tall Grass Prairie Naturalization (12,000 m2 total) $50,000

An internal trail network will be developed, connecting the amphitheatre and stage back to the Discovery Centre and to the rest of the pathway system. Lighting and seating areas will be incorporated into the trail system where appropriate, providing an expanded space for families to relax and enjoy. An extensive interpretive signage program will begin in Festival Park, enabling visitors to learn and experience the area at their own pace, and in every season.

 

Timelines

Many community organizations and businesses have already begun contributing to this important initiative, and significant groundwork was completed in 2016 through in-kind contributions. Construction began in the fall of 2017 with an anticipated completion of spring 2019. Contact Brandon Riverbank Inc. to pledge your gift to this exciting community project today.