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Centennial Botanical Conservatory Re-Opens


February 14, 2013 – The Centennial Botanical Conservatory will re-open this Friday, Feb. 15. The Tropical House will be open daily from 1-4 pm, and will again be available for special event bookings.

The Conservatory was temporarily closed in February 2012, after a report from KGS Consulting Group raised safety concerns. In September 2012, City Council approved funding for temporary repairs to the Conservatory to facilitate public access, including the installation of netting below the ceiling panels as a precaution against falling glass. These repairs are now complete.

“Thunder Bay residents made it clear that they value this local wonder and want a sustainable, viable facility,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “We heard that message loud and clear and are pleased to be able to re-open the current facility for the 2013 season and will examine additional options going forward.”

The City’s Infrastructure & Operations and Facilities, Fleet & Transit Services Departments are expected to make a report to Council later in 2013 outlining options for future Conservatory and greenhouse operations.

The Conservatory was originally opened in 1967, by the Fort William Parks Board as a Centennial project that was to be left to the community. The central and largest room in the Conservatory is the tropical house, a humid arboretum. The east wing has been used for seasonal flower shows, and the west wing contains a display of plants native to arid regions.

To inquire about booking the Conservatory, contact the Parks Division at 625-2941.

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Contact: Darrell Matson, General Manager – Infrastructure & Operations, 625-3077