The Water Garden Pavilion is a vibrant recreational hub in the centre of the revitalized Thunder Bay Waterfront. Designed holistically along with the rest of the redevelopment at Prince Arthur’s Landing, it supports key activity areas located at the base of Red River Road and public portions of the park.
The Pavilion provides washrooms, changing facilities, and a warm-up room and rest area for adjacent recreational uses. It enables park use all year round, creating an anchor for uses such as the adjacent splash pad and skating rink, children’s boat pond, and skateboard park. Facing the marina is a restaurant with panoramic views of Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant. This space is adjacent to the Mariner’s Hall, a multi-purpose space planned for hosting events, exhibitions and summer day camp activities.
The Pavilion and the adjacent Baggage Building Arts Centre are the first two LEED-certified buildings in Thunder Bay, both achieving LEED Gold certification. The Pavilion’s sustainable features include passive heating and cooling, solar energy, green roof, and recycled content building material. It also incorporates all mechanical and storage requirements of the adjacent water/ice features as well as the ice-re-surfacer.