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This aging glass greenhouse at Riverside Park is on the way out. The building is to be replaced with a more up-to-date, more functional model this fall.

Glass greenhouse in park on way out

The city has two greenhouses in its operations yard in the northwest corner of Riverside Park, and one of them is due to be replaced.

The city is hosting two public open houses on Monday Aug. 18 – from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. – at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre to give people the lowdown on what the project will entail.

“I don’t think it will look drastically different,” said the city’s general manager of corporate building maintenance, Mario Petricevic.

People may not even notice the change. After all, the greenhouse is not open to the public and is not located in a public part of the park.

The building, which serves the city’s horticultural program, is just visible from the parking lot at the Woolwich Street entrance to the park, near the floral clock.

“It will be replaced with something very similar to the one beside it,” said Petricevic.

The older-style greenhouse, a metal frame building with glass panels, sits beside a larger, newer-style building with plastic walls and roof.

When the replacement work is completed, the two buildings will look more like a matched set.

The replacement will be about 12 feet longer and a bit taller than the existing glass greenhouse, Petricevic said.

“It is more functional,” he said. “The ceiling height’s going to be higher, which improves the growing conditions.”

He couldn’t find the exact age of the existing glass greenhouse, but is certain it’s been there since the early 1980s and possibly before.

The reason for replacement: The aging building has simply reached the end of its life cycle, said Petricevic.

The metal frame is starting to deteriorate, fasteners are due for replacement and there may be some missing panes of glass that could be difficult to replace, he said.

The city could put its money into making repairs, but they would likely cost just as much as complete replacement, he said.

The replacement makes the most sense, “instead of trying to put Band-Aids on it,” he said.

The work has been contracted to DeCloet Greenhouse Manufacturing Ltd.

The replacement is to be done this fall and is to be completed for the 2014-2015 season.

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