Opinion of the public wanted for a new outdoor space in Coaldale
- A large concrete platform for community events such as Coaldale Summer Fest, farmers markets, concerts, movie nights and festivals;
- What the City calls a “gross refrigerant line” for an outdoor ice rink on the concrete slab to ensure the space can be used year-round, in cold and hot weather;
- Parking spaces for approximately 44 vehicles, including four spaces with charging stations for electric vehicles.
The Town of Coaldale is seeking the public’s input on other potential uses and opportunities for the space and to see if the “raw” outdoor rink should be prioritized.
As part of the public engagement campaign, residents can directly share their feedback and ideas for the space with city staff and council members via an online survey.
Community members can also share their thoughts in person at the Coaldale Summer Fest event, scheduled to take place on August 6, 2022, outside the Civic Square building.
According to Coaldale Mayor Jack Van Rijn, the results of the survey, supplemented by in-person feedback, will give the city the information needed to finalize the design and “get to work transforming this outdoor space into something that all of our residents will enjoy and be proud of.” of.”
“In the Council’s recently launched 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, we single out continued community engagement on new leisure projects as one of our top priorities,” Van Rijn said.
“Before the plans for this outdoor space are finalized, we will ensure that this type of engagement has taken place,” he said. “As a council, we strongly believe that residents should have a say in the decision-making process for amenities like the Civic Square outdoor space.”
Citizens of Coaldale had previously raised concerns about the project in 2020 due to an alleged lack of transparency and communication from the town council and administration.
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The Civic Square outdoor space redevelopment is the third and final phase of Coaldale’s Civic Square project, funded primarily by a federal grant to specifically revitalize downtown areas and reimagine outdoor spaces across Canada. The grant will cover 63% of project costs, up to a maximum of $1.2 million.
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More information on the Civic Square project is available from the town of Coaldale.