Creating safer highways is a large part of what we do, but being involved in developing infrastructure gives us an opportunity to build for future success. In other words – roads help connect communities, but infrastructure gives us a real destination. Some of our recent infrastructure projects include the Port Mann Highway 1 Project (PMH1) and improvements to playing fields in Metro Vancouver. That list also now includes a new place to explore your creative side.
If you live in the Saanich area, you may have seen the new Arts Centre at Cedar Hill Recreation Complex is open for public use. The Arts Centre, a project funded by the District of Saanich, the Province of British Columbia (through the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) and the Government of Canada, hopes to foster creative spirit in the area.
With almost 11,000 square feet of new space created for the arts, opening up and expressing your inner artist is easier than ever before. The new centre features a community art gallery, as well as two fine art studios, a pottery studio and a new multi-purpose room (primarily for children’s programs), as well as a new playground. The centre is also focussed on making accessibility a priority in order to make art an option for everyone, regardless of physical limitations.
Each space has been thoughtfully designed with flexible spaces to help support a wide variety of community art programs and events. When the centre was in the design phase, a number of community engagement sessions were held to give the public a chance to discuss what sort of features they were looking for. In fact, project architects met with local artists to understand their vision and paint a picture of the community’s needs. With this kind of teamwork, we hope to see some wonderful new art on display in the centre soon.
Supporting infrastructure development is something we take great pride in doing. We know that as communities grow, their needs shift and change. An open space for artistic use was identified as a clear need in Saanich. By recognizing and supporting the needs of the community, everyone involved has contributed to the creation of this masterpiece. Bravo!