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Construction of a modern $7.5-million greenhouse complex is now underway at Windsor’s Jackson Park
Located on the southeast side of Jackson Park, this new complex will replace the nearly 100-year-old greenhouse structures at Lanspeary Park to serve as the home for the City of Windsor Horticulture Department.
The new facility will double the size of Windsor’s existing greenhouse footprint to 22,000 square feet of open-concept production space to support various types of plant growth. It will feature the latest technology in greenhouse design, including computerized controls, automated venting systems, irrigation and rooftop shading to improve energy and operational efficiencies.
The expanded production space also allows the Horticulture Department to become more self-sufficient by growing its own annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and planters. The distribution of these plants and flowers annually throughout Windsor beautifies our City parks and business improvement areas. Growing more of our own plants will lead to annual savings of more than $76,000.
In addition to the greenhouse production building, the new Jackson Park complex will feature a 3,500–square-foot multi-purpose heated greenhouse that will be open to the public for organized community and educational events, a 3,825–square-foot storage building and a 3,200-square-foot administration building. The full complex is expected to open in September 2022.
The relocation of the greenhouse complex to Jackson Park will also free up three acres that will be reclaimed as green space to expand Lanspeary Park.
The 2021 City of Windsor’s Budget committed $1.6-billion towards municipal capital projects, with over $170-million being spent this year. This historic investment in roads, sewer, water, waste-water, parks and transit will help build our community up, deliver quality public services and drive economic growth.
“The new greenhouse complex will provide a valuable service for the City of Windsor and support the annual gardens across all City parks and public spaces,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “But this new complex will also act as an education centre amenity for students and gardening clubs.”