Alberta’s new government under Premier Jason Kenney says it is proceeding with a $1.5 million investment promised by the former administration to help construct a new natural resources interpretive centre at Calgary’s Heritage Park.
The $10 million facility will showcase the history of Alberta’s oil, coal and gold mining legacies, interweaving Indigenous cultural themes.
When complete, the new centre will educate visitors about the past, present and future of natural resources development in Alberta and the importance of the energy industry, the province said in a statement.
The project will include construction of a new interpretive centre and the restoration of several existing exhibits including the Dingman well, oil storage tank, miner’s cabin and coal mine tunnel.
The interpretive centre will incorporate new, clean technologies that use solar and wind power for demonstration and educational purposes, the province said
Alberta announced its $1.5 million in funding last August under the government of Premier Rachel Notley. The project also has $2 million in funding support from the federal government.
Alberta cabinet ministers reaffirmed the investment late last month, saying the project will be good for the economy as well as for Alberta culture.
“The Government of Alberta knows that when we support community infrastructure projects like the Heritage Park Natural Resources Centre, we support the growth of our economy overall. These projects get people working again,” said Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure.
“From shorter-term jobs during planning, design and construction to long-term, local operations and maintenance employment opportunities, infrastructure investments help ensure a prosperous future for all.”
Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Leela Sharon Aheer added that, “The addition of the interpretive centre will demonstrate the development of natural resources in Canada which will help preserve and promote appreciation for our rich and diverse history.”
Heritage Park plans to start construction on the new facility this September.