Hay River will spend $440,000 to build a permanent, multi-season pavilion for the Fisherman’s Wharf market.

The pavilion will provide vendors with heated space and electricity to sell their goods throughout the year.

Currently, the Fisherman’s Wharf consists of a series of open-faced vendor stalls which operate throughout the summer.

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The new space will double as a facility for sporting and community events.

“The pavilion project creates a new destination attraction for visitors to our community and an updated outdoor gathering place for our residents,” said Mayor Kandis Jameson in a statement.

“This facility will support an extended season for the very popular Fisherman’s Wharf market and provide a sheltered location for our community to host outdoor events such as the Polar Pond Hockey tournament.”

The Town of Hay River is putting $110,000 toward the project, while the territory is contributing $100,000. The bulk of the funding – $230,000 – is coming from the federal government.