Public Input Sought On Design for Downtown Greenspace

June 11, 2015

Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon wishes to invite all community members to provide feedback on the proposed design of Downtown Brandon’s newest greenspace at a public open house on Monday, June 15th, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cultural Resource Centre in the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex.

A conceptual plan has been developed to turn the now-vacant lot on the east side of the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex at 638 Princess Avenue into a community greenspace. The proposed design is highlighted by the “POD” concept, which aims to offer distinct spaces “where one can Participate in the community, Observe the activities, and Define themselves and the community.”

“The proposed design is reflective of the City of Brandon’s new Greenspace Master Plan and is meant to offer different opportunities for diverse users, depending on how they wish to view the greenspace,” says City of Brandon Director of Community Services Perry Roque. “There are several components within the greenspace, such as a gathering/event area complete with a deck, an orchard area, and an active play space next to a community garden. The idea is that the different functions of the space are contained in separate pod-like areas, while still flowing into and co-existing with each other.”

City of Brandon Community Development Coordinator Angie Veilleux says a number of elements within the proposed greenspace will tie in to adjacent Cultural Resource Centre and Youth Centre programming.

“We are excited that the proposed design is so complimentary to the programming of the Cultural Resource Centre and Youth Centre,” notes Veilleux. “This vacant space will become a beautiful place to engage even more members of the community in our projects and programs. The design reflects what we’ve already heard from the public in that it should be an open space for all ages and abilities.”

Representatives from Winnipeg design firm Architecture49 will be in attendance at the June 15th open house, as will members of City administration. Those planning on attending are asked to park on the south side of the building and access the Cultural Resource Centre via the 6th Street entrance.

The greenspace project is being funded through the City of Brandon’s 2015 capital budget. A grant from the 2015 TD Greet Streets program has also been secured to assist in the installation of the urban forestry component.