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Edson facility study recommends consolidation

PASSPORT PHOTOS & MORE “If you are operating one building instead of ten your operating costs will be better.”

In addition to a multi-use facility Tustain told
Professional Digital Passport System photos by Adrienne Tait resultof analysis of current facilities and councils, “Clearly you need a new theatre. We
programs, feedback obtained from stakeholder
ready in minutes while you wait... The development and operation of a multi-use facilitated sessions, user group written responses, recommend one that is jointly funded and having
facility was the number one recommendation to partner organization interviews, a public survey, it attached to a high school would ensure daily
come out of the Edson and Yellowhead County and focus group session with staff, facility, and use.” Tustain said building onto or renovating
Community Services Strategic Plan report. program management personnel, and the Red Brick Arts Centre was not recommended
The study, first discussed publicly at a county comparisons which similar communities. as it is a historical building and therefor
Committee of the Whole meeting in February 789 surveys were completed by area residents possibilities would be limited.
2016, was a joint effort between the two with 554 from Edson and 226 from Yellowhead Town councillor Trevor Bevan said this is the
municipalities to examine existing community County. Nine were from outside the third report that has indicated the need for a
service programs and amenities. The municipalities or were unidentified. multi-use facility and it is time to move forward,
independent study conducted by WMC out of Approximately 358 seniors, 1070 children and “With regards to the theatre I would love to have
Edmonton surveyed area residents, stakeholders, 919 families were represented. it attached to a school so it would be well
and user groups to determine facility and WMC used the communities of Grande Cache, utilized. Maybe Vanier? We can move a ball
programming priorities. Whitecourt, Athabasca, Drumheller, and the diamond easier than other structures.”
Joyce Tustain, director with WMC, presented Yukon Arts Centre as comparable communities. Councillor Gean Chouinard said contrary to the
the final report to both town and county councils Tustain recommended the consolidation of report the library has received upgrades and
on September 26. A multi-use facility which assets and said with the current facilities run at or asked if there was a cost comparison between
would house everything from an indoor pool, near capacity a new facility is warranted. “If you current facilities and one that combined all
together. Tustain said she did not have a specific
curling rink, and fitness center to the library,
are operating one building instead of ten your
blind view multi-use rooms, and the Boys and Girls club in operating costs will be better,” said Tustain. amount, “But there is no question there is a
substantial savings.”
a central location was the first recommendation.
While the town and county scored well on
Other recommendations included building a summer programming the report identified a The report will come before both councils at
window fashions theatre attached to a high school in Edson, definite lack of winter programming and drop in their next regular council meetings for adoption. Edson Funeral Home
availability. Councillor Jack Williams asked if
relocating the visual arts centre (currently in the
library) to the Red Brick, relocating the pottery
pool, one rink etc. in order to accommodate the
centre to a suitable industrial site, selling the she was recommending building more than one Blind View FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH
2017 Ads Boys and Girls Club for development, selling the drop in programs. Tustain said new facilities are Window Fashions Must stay on page 7
often designed with drop in programs in mind so
library and tennis courts, and the demolition or
sale of the Recreation Complex.
example, are able to practice concurrently with
In her presentation to county council Tustain that user groups such as swim teams, for As per Sue
said, “You asked for a strategic plan that was public swimming.
evidence based and rooted in best practices,” the Yellowhead County mayor Gerald Soroka
plan included the findings from public expressed some concerns with the possible Custom Window Treatments On right hand side
August 21 consultation as well as the firm's recommendation of a staged build at the current of the page
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