Bethel Heritage Park
6 Street, Winkler, Manitoba
Directly to the south of the Winkler Public Library, Bethel Heritage Park commemorates the former hospital site, and celebrates the rich history of the early settlers of the region who established their town on a strong foundation of family values.
The contemporary design of the park looks to future generations to carry on these core values, while the architectural components within the park, such as the entry gate and the pavilion, remind the constituents of their forebearer's past. Featured components include a wall to commemorate the former hospital, a gazebo, German and Jewish Cairns, a heritage oak seedling from a 700 year old tree from the Russian Mennonite village of Chortitza and finally, an elliptical centre anchored by an ornamental fountain. Located at opposing ends of the central ellipse are the Conscientious Objectors Cairn and the Veterans Cenotaph. The ellipse symbolizes both the tension felt between these two groups during times of war and the continuous strength that refuses to break the peaceful nature of the community.
A conceptual plan with accompanying promotional material was developed for the City of Winkler Bethel Heritage Park Planning Committee for funding purposes. The project was completed in 2011 at a construction cost of $1.3 million.