Thunder Bay’s Centennial Botanical Conservatory is to reopen today.
The Conservatory was temporarily closed last February after a report from KGS Consulting Group raised safety concerns. In September, city council approved funding for temporary repairs to the facility, including installation of netting below the ceiling panels in case of falling glass.
The repairs are complete, the city said Thursday in a news release.
The Tropical House will be open daily from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will be available for event bookings.
“Thunder Bay residents made it clear that they value this local wonder and want a sustainable, viable facility,” Mayor Keith Hobbs in the release. “We heard that message loud and clear and we are pleased to be able to reopen the current facility for the 2013 season and will examine options going forward.”
Council is to receive a report later this year on options for the Conservatory and its greenhouse operations.
The Conservatory opened in 1967 as a centennial project. The central and largest room in the Conservatory is the Tropical House, a humid arboretum. The east wing has been used for seasonal flower shows and the west wing contains a display of plants native to arid regions.
To inquire about booking the Conservatory, call the city parks division at 625-2941.