Programming and design process begins Wednesday
© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Coun. Melissa Hilton, chair of Charlottetown’s parks and recreation committee, talks about plans for Victoria Park in this Guardian file photo
The public is going to get a chance to help build a little piece of Victoria Park in Charlottetown.
The city’s parks and recreation department is hosting a community workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 12, to begin the programming and design process for the proposed pavilion in the city’s crown jewel green space.
Keith Sanders, the project architect, is inviting the public to contribute to the early stages of the architectural process.
Sanders says the workshop is to bring forward the widest range of ideas about the activities which will take place in the pavilion. It is also to identify the characteristics of a singular and very memorable piece of architectural resource for the people and public spaces in the city.
The aim is to make it as inclusive as possible so that the design team has the clearest understanding of what people are looking for in a pavilion.
“The more closely our understandings are aligned, the truer the design will be,’’ Sanders said. “Come ready with all your ideas about what the pavilion will include. Even be prepared to work with us to sketch out potential ideas that can inform the design.’’
Last month, city council approved a resolution that will pay Red Oak Landscaping in Winsloe $35,000 to come up with designs and manage the project.
“Come ready with all your ideas about what the pavilion will include. Even be prepared to work with us to sketch out potential ideas that can inform the design.’’ Keith Sanders, architect
The pavilion will be located across the street from where the cannons are located now but not quite in the exact location the old band shell used to be. It will be put where the current roadway — that splits the park in half — is now. That road will be taken out and turned into more green space.
Since that will cut off road access to the tennis courts and trail system, the parking lot at the Kiwanis Dairy Bar will be enhanced.
As for what the pavilion will look like, that’s hard to say until this design process is complete and people have a better idea of what the public wants and what will be built. It isn’t expected to be anything grand in size but will act as a picnic/common area.
The workshop will be held at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, in the Provinces Lounge, at 7 p.m.