Regina’s Glockenspiel will once again stand tall in Victoria park after city council voted in favor of restoring and returning it.
The Glockenspiel was removed in 2010 in order to build the 12th Avenue Plaza, and has been sitting in storage ever since.
With the total cost of restoration and placement totaling around $350,000, Mayor Michael Fougere says it was a difficult yet necessary decision.
“These are difficult choices, and we’re going to see a lot of difficult choices as our budget comes out next year, and it’s not easy to make these decisions,” Fougere says. “The view of council was that we want to proceed with this, we felt it was important to do this. Sometimes, decisions are not just by numbers, it’s the impact on our community.”
Over time, the Glockenspiel has rusted, with some parts falling off.
Fougere says there’s lots to be done before the Glockenspiel plays again.
“We need to maintain the bells, and we need to maintain the music portion of that as well, and there is a budget for that,” Fougere says. “It’s not a significant one, and it shouldn’t have material change on a budget as we go forward.”
The Glockenspiel was donated to the City of Regina in 1986 by the Regina German Club and multicultural centre to honor Regina’s German Immigration heritage.