This is rendering of what the playground of the new provincially funded child care centre could look like on Edmonton Ave.

This is rendering of what the playground of the new provincially funded child care centre could look like on Edmonton Ave.

New Penticton childcare centre could be ready in 2022

The provincially funded facility would provide 116 new childcare spots

There are a few things to know about the proposed new childcare centre at Kiwanis Park, and the city hosted a digital Q&A stream on Nov. 21 to share some of them.

The stream, hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live, broke down the proposal for the new Edmonton Avenue centre, that would replace the Little Triumphs care centre located on the property.

The province recently awarded the City of Penticton a $2.9 million grant to replace Little Triumphs, with the new facility capable of providing an additional 116 childcare spots.

“One of the benefits is this will be provincially-funded, meaning no tax dollars will be needed for the construction,” said Adam Goodwin, a social development specialist for the city.

Based on surveys of residents conducted through the Shapeyourcitypenticton.ca website, 83 per cent of respondents reported it being difficult to find childcare in Penticton with 46 per cent saying they had been on a wait list for over a year.

The new building would have two rooms for children aged 3-5, one room for kids aged 0-3, and a room for after school programs and care.

The proposal would include a replacement to the existing public washroom building, as well as additional parking beyond what is required by the Penticton bylaw. The existing park space and playgrounds would remain open to the public.

The stream is archived on the City of Penticton Municipality Facebook page.

The plan is to begin transitioning the childcare spaces currently offered at the existing centre to new locations, with the demolition of the old building currently aimed for the summer of 2021.

The new facility would then begin construction with an intended opening in the summer of 2022.

The city is continuing their public engagement process , with the proposal now going before the Parks and Rec Committee for their recommendation. After that, it will proceed to council, and then to a public hearing, before a final decision is made.

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