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Yellowknife’s pop-up park winners revealed

Designs submitted to the Yellowknife Pop-up Park contest
Designs submitted to the Yellowknife Pop-up Park contest.

Your golf game and your northern lights viewing are about to be improved – the winning ideas for Yellowknife’s pop-up park have been announced.

Five ideas were chosen by public vote. The people behind each one get $500 to fund their plan and have until the end of the month to build it.

Here are the selected schemes:

Aurora Seating



Katharine Thomas submitted this idea for benches formed from reclaimed pallets, allowing people to recline and view the northern lights.

Mini Golf

Jessica Bruhn designed a nine-hole mini golf course for the park, including a water feature and a statue of a giant raven which eats your ball at the end.

Learning and Literacy Garden



The NWT Literacy Council plans a garden with interactive games and activities for families, ranging from a little free library to a music wall, wooden blocks, and a giant tic-tac-toe.

Indigenous Languages Mural

Jacey Firth-Hagen, who founded the Speak Gwich’in To Me social media campaign, will produce an installation featuring a range of the NWT’s official languages.

Tire(d) Garden

Harrison Roberts has set wheels in motion for a garden made of old tires, spray-painted and turned into either seats or planters.

Each of the designs gets a plot on the temporary park’s lot, which is the empty space between the Gold Range and the Raven on Yellowknife’s 50 Street.

The park, run by Ecology North, is set to open at the end of July.

Half of the park will comprise the winning ideas, while the other half will feature landscaped designs from Ecology North and the City of Yellowknife.