The L.E.A.F. Initiative is a Commonwell program to support capacity, resiliency and growth in the communities we call home.

Richmond Legacy Pavilion

P.O. Box 1312 3441 Mcbean Street RichmondK0A 2Z0

Target Completion Date: September 1, 2022

What is this project about?

The village of Richmond, Ontario celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018 with a year filled with numerous, often spectacular, events including an epic activity long weekend. In its early stages of planning, the Celebration Committee members focused on fund raising that ensured a high-quality programme conducted within a well thought out and achievable budget. A primary committee objective was to sponsor a series of events at no cost to attendees. Consequently, little attention was given to including a legacy project within its programme such was the concern over having sufficient funds to meet the needs of its ambitious plan.

Subsequent to the celebrations commencing and with the realization successful fundraising meant a legacy project was possible, the committee members started planning for such an opportunity; however, leaving this initiative so late in the celebration year meant missing Heritage Canada’s suspense date for submitting an application for such projects, the loss of a significant legacy project grant opportunity.

In canvassing for suggestions within Richmond, it became apparent the village had very few public facilities that citizens could use for a variety of entertainment and recreational activities.

Equally important, the Richmond Agricultural Society, the sponsor of one of the largest fall fairs in Eastern Ontario, was instrumental in providing support for the 200th celebrations in the form of its complete fairground facilities being placed at the disposition of the Celebration Committee. The Society also provided critical logistical support, numerous onsite capabilities such as utilities, and numerous volunteers for the main celebration weekend.

The current situation, the realization that the annual fall fair sponsored by the Richmond Agricultural Society is a keystone village and westend Ottawa event, and the Society’s offer to provide a site resulted in the selection of an open-air pavilion as the legacy project. As such, it would serve a multitude of uses for public events and private functions.

In addition to providing overhead protection from the elements, the pavilion will have the following capabilities and features:

• Folding mobile stage to accommodate a variety of different performances;

• Audio wiring with main and auxiliary controls;

• Equipment hooks for sound and light;

• Multiple water, natural gas, and electric hookups to accommodate a range of public or private events;

• Ceiling fans;

• An announcer’s booth for exterior fairground events particularly those in the adjacent corral/riding ring;

• Pot lights;

• Security lighting;

• Sliding enclosure panels to counter inclement weather;

• Handicap entry and a gently sloped entry at the side of the pavilion;

• A secondary shed for utilities, storage, and access control; and

• Seating and tables will be provided by the Richmond Agricultural Society or the host can arrange a separate source depending on the attendance size.