July 16th, 2018

Input sought for Civic Common


By Yoos, Cam on July 12, 2018.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

The City of Lethbridge is inviting residents to help refine the communities’ long-term vision for the four-square-block area of Civic Common.

Following recent businesses such as the YMCA and Lethbridge Curling Club relocating their facilities, the city held a series of interactive sessions with stakeholders and community members in April to form a long-term vision for what was originally known as the Civic Precinct.

The Civic Common includes facilities such as City Hall, Civic Ice Centre, Civic Field, The Yates Theatre, the Old Courthouse, the YMCA, Fritz Sick Centre and the Lethbridge RCMP detachment. A master plan was developed and feedback on how the plan can be approved is open for opinion.

“The project team is now seeking community feedback on the draft master plan and encourages residents to review the draft, full or short version, prior to completing a brief online questionnaire,” says Andrew Malcolm, project manager. “The questionnaire will be open to the public until August 10, 2018.”

The master plan is describing the upgrade as a way to make the Civic area a magnetic and inclusive public space that invites social and civic engagement, creating a hub for vibrant moments of celebration that can transform back into a comfortable place for the community.

Civic Lane is the main element of the master plan which is a multi-use public space that will be used for parking at times, while at other times it can be used for festivals, markets and other civic events. Civic Lane will be on 4 Avenue South, where the new Market Plaza will be on the opposite side along 5 Avenue South and will provide people with canopy covers for protection, decoration and art displays.

In 2007, the Heart of Our City Master Plan helped further develop this vision to incorporate the concept of concentration of public facilities and amenities that would enhance the social, cultural, environmental and economic vitality of the area.

The project timeline has been extended a few months to allow more critiques before the final draft is ready for presentation to city council for adoption in October of this year. Any of the decisions for the future use of the buildings within the Civic common area will be made in consultation with the organizations that own or occupy them.

The results of the community engagement activities have been posted. To view the full version of the master plan, and to submit your suggestions or critiques to the plan, visit the city’s website lethbridge.ca/CivicPlan.

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