Regina’s downtown got a bit of a boost Tuesday morning with the opening of the Downtown Regina Visitor Service Pavilion.
The building, which is just off of the corner of 12th avenue and Lorne street, will be open six days a week between May Long Weekend and Labour Day, as well as any special events coming to the city.
Mayor Michael Fougere said there will be lots of information available for those visiting the downtown.
“For people who are coming down for activities who live here, they’ll want to know what activities are happening throughout the weekend,” Fougere said. “Whether it’s a concert, a movie that’s going to happen in the evening, the farmers market, they get that information here as well.
“It’s about more detailed programming information as well as tourist information as well.”
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Executive Director for the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District Judith Veresuk said it’s been a long road to getting the building open, but well worth it.
“I think it demonstrated the city’s passion for its downtown, the community’s passion for wanting to make downtown its crown jewel,” Veresuk said. “This is just one more step in the puzzle of city square plaza.”
Veresuk said there are also several recreation opportunities with the visitor pavilion.
“We have a lending library of sports equipment, so you can come in, borrow a basketball, borrow some hula-hoops, we have an inflatable bowling kit, we have large chess,” Veresuk said. “Anything that suits your fancy, whether you want to be active or a little bit more relaxed.”
The building will also supply a Wi-Fi hotspot and a place to fill water bottles.