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Public opinion sought on new performing arts centre

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February 22, 2013 - 9:32 AM

What do you want to see in a performing arts centre? Kamloops city council wants to know.

The Kamloops Cultural Strategic Plan was adopted by council a decade ago and one of the key recommendations was to build a performing arts centre. With so much time having passed the city now wants to know what has changed from the public's point of view.

People will be able to stop by, take a look at the plan and provide input and ideas for the potential performing arts centre. Where should it be built? What should be included? What do we need to be competitive with other cities? Is the original plan even relevant? This is the type of feedback city councillors and staff are hoping to garner from the information session.

Kamloops Central Business Improvement Area general manager Gay Pooler would love to see a performing arts centre downtown. She realizes a big part of the city's decision will be around the best location and she readily believes the proximity to so many other facilities and amenities would make the “downtown area the best fit for such a project...the restaurants and hotels downtown would support an arts centre and the tourists it would inevitably bring,” she said recently, but she realizes the city has a lot of planning to do before any decisions can be made along those lines.

The public input session will take place this Saturday, Feb. 23, in meeting rooms A, B, C and D at Tournament Capital Centre (910 McGill Road) from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m.

 

To contact the reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 819-3723.

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