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Penticton holding information sessions for public on future of aging arenas, other buildings

What next for old assets?

Pentictonites will have the opportunity to learn more about aging community infrastructure assets this month, as the city prepares to gather feedback on what the public wants them to do going forward.

Fire Halls #1 and #2, the Library / Museum, the Art Gallery, Leir House, Memorial and McLaren Arenas, and City Hall have been identified as priorities for the city’s Asset and Amenity Management Plan.

City council heard an independent report in September, prepared by Colliers Project Leaders, then directed staff to proceed with community consultation.

“The city needs to invest over $100 million in these assets over the next 15 years. The decisions on how those investments are made create very different results for Penticton, so it is very important that residents do some homework to inform themselves and consider all factors before they form their opinions and share their feedback with the city,” said public engagement program manager JoAnne Kleb.

The full report can be read online here, but the city will also be holding several online and in-person information centres throughout October to be sure as many citizens as possible can get informed before they city starts collecting feedback.

Interested citizens are invited to attend the following events*:

  • Oct. 15 - Drop by the Community Pop-Up during the Vees Game at the SOEC between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 19 – Attend an online Community Information Session #1 between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. for residents with a special interest in the recommendation for the arenas.
  • Oct. 21 - Attend an online Community Information Session #2 between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. for residents with a special interest in the recommendation for the arts and culture centre.
  • Oct. 23 – Drop by the Community Open House at the PTCC between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to review the materials and discuss the findings with staff.
  • Oct. 27 - Attend an online Community Information Session #3 between 7 p.m. and 8.30 pm. for residents with a general interest in all of the recommendations.

The three "information sessions" on Oct. 19, 21 and 27 require pre-registration here. COVID-19 protocols will be in place at all in-person activities.

Once residents have had the opportunity to learn more about the report, November workshops will be planned to gather feedback on the recommendations in the plan, before council decides how to proceed.



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