Citizens have until the end of the day on Nov. 25 to give their input on Penticton’s controversial Asset and Amenity Management Plan.
The long-term project forecasts a future where many of the city’s older civic buildings and assets are repaired, replaced, renewed or sold.
After the deadline for submitting feedback has passed, the city will determine the next steps for the project, taking into account the public’s recommendations.
“Many of our civic buildings and assets are nearing the end of their service life and the cost to keep them operational exceeds the funds we have available and may not be the best use of available funding,” the city said in a release posted on Penticton’s Shape Your City website.
The city says that rather than raising taxes, they are taking the opportunity to review all the different ways that they can manage the older civic buildings in the area.
Colliers Project Leader, a consulting firm hired by the city in 2019, said in September that Penticton’s Memorial Arena was too old to keep.
Since then, a number of recommendations have been made. Most notably, the idea of creating a new arts and cultural centre that holds the Penticton Art Gallery, library and the museum all in one building.
In addition to building a brand-new arts centre, the city has shared the recommendation of demolishing both the Memorial and McLaren arenas to construct a new twin-rinks facility closer to the South Okanagan Events Centre.
To give the city feedback on the plan, citizens are asked to visit shapeyourcitypenticton.ca/civic-places-and-spaces