Historic Dominion Park Commemorative Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
September 27, 2016
On Thursday, August 4th 2016, The Regina Warehouse District officially unveiled the Dominion Park commemorative located next to the Value Village Mall at the corner of Broad Street and 7th Avenue. The commemorative celebrates the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ district heritage and features five interpretive panels explaining the history of the site, along with an assortment of benches and planters.
Mayor Michael Fougere and Steve Mazurak, VP of Sales and Marketing for the Riders were both on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony and spoke about the significance of the Riders’ presence to the development of the area. Warehouse District Executive Director Sandy Doran kicked off the ceremonies with a warm introduction to attendees and provided a brief background on the history of the area. Warehouse District board members, both past and present, including former chair Don Black were in attendance for the event as well.
The historic Dominion Park served as the original home of the Regina Rugby Club, forerunner to the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1910 to 1917. During this time, the tract of land from Sixth to Seventh Avenue and Broad to Rose Street featured a 600-seat grandstand with bleachers to accommodate new sporting franchises coming to Regina amidst the western settlement
boom taking place during the early 1900’s. The grandstand facility was leveled in the 1912 tornado but rebuilt thanks in part to a generous contribution of $18,000 from the City of Regina at the time.
Fast forward to today and the Roughriders tradition continues. The football club’s administrative offices, along with a 5,000 square foot fitness training facility are both still located in the district.
A big thank you to Street Culture Kidz Project Inc. for providing face painting services, Island Lunch Regina for supplying hot dogs, chips and pop, and Budget Blinds for handing out balloons.
Regina’s Warehouse District would also like to express its heartfelt thanks to the volunteers that worked tirelessly to bring this to life. Thank you for your support!
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