Council approves next steps for proposed Arts and Learning Campus
At the February 25 meeting, Council approved a recommendation to explore funding, financing and ownership options to determine the feasibility of the proposed Okotoks Arts and Learning Campus along Riverside Drive.
The campus includes several external partners who need to expand their space and administration has been working with them to refine their needs for the potential development, while ensuring that it meets the needs of the downtown and the community.
“All the stakeholders involved have a learning focus and offer a tremendous opportunity to co-locate, share resources and establish a vibrant Arts and Learning Campus that strengthens the downtown,” said CAO Elaine Vincent. “Together with the future performing arts centre, this campus can create a vital, shared asset for the community.”
Administration presented four potential designs for the site, which encompasses the current library and Ethel Tucker Park. All four concepts take into consideration key challenges including developing along a flood fringe, the proximity of the rail line and maintaining current park space.
The artist renderings offer a vision for what the future campus could look like. They are in alignment with environmental guidelines established in the Sheep River Management Plan, which protects the Sheep River and maintains the green space along the river. The renderings also include concepts for enhancing the pedestrian connection between the downtown and the river valley that incorporate existing networks.
“The renderings are ideas only at this point,” said Vincent. “The Town will be seeking public input to refine the concepts and learn how the community sees this downtown enhancement project progressing.”
Public participation opportunities will be available soon and residents, businesses and key stakeholders will be encouraged to get involved. Visit www.okotoks.ca/campus for details.