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The Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium restoration is complete and is scheduled to open to the public in 2021.

The Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium, located in Coronation Park, is the first of its kind in Canada and an important historical landmark in Edmonton. Restoration of this 60-year-old building ensures its heritage is maintained with some modern upgrades such as LED lights and new mechanical systems to meet the City’s sustainability standards and current codes, as well as a new accessible washroom available to both Planetarium and Coronation Park users.

Project Overview

The rehabilitation and restoration project supports the preservation of this architectural icon and renews the building's identity and purpose. Design plans for this project were developed with contribution from the TELUS World of Science Edmonton and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. The Planetarium project also supports the Coronation Park Master Plan by reactivating and enhancing the centre of the park.

Partnership with TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

The Coronation District Park Master Plan identifies Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium as an important element in the centre of the park that is intended to provide a community gathering place. Once open to the public, one portion of the building will be dedicated as park washrooms accessible to the public during park hours. The other part of the building will be leased to TELUS World of Science Edmonton to support their public programs and events.

 

Historical Designation

The intent of the rehabilitation is to honour the heritage, historical and architectural importance of the original exterior structure, while increasing the functionality of the interior. Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium was designated as a Municipal Historical Resource in 2016.

Project Timeline

Operate phase

2020 and 2021

Summer 2021
Planetarium opens and is operational through TELUS World of Science Edmonton

June 2020
Construction completed on budget

2016 and 2018

2018
Design

2016
Municipal historic resource designation

2014 and 2015

2015
Partnership opportunities explored and proponent(s) confirmed for joint operations of the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium

2014
Funding request for renewal approved in the 2015-18 capital budget

Dome Installation Video - September 2019

For More Information

Darren Giacobbo

Title Program Manager
Email Darren.Giacobbo@edmonton.ca

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