Future Civic Common Open House Set For Thursday at Lethbridge City Hall

The Civic Common is the four-square-block area which includes land occupied by City Hall, the Civic Ice Centre and field, Yates Theatre, the Old Courthouse, and YMCA.

Lethbridge residents are invited to view the draft plan for the community’s long-term vision for the Civic Common.

The draft Civic Common Master Plan was developed through consultation with the community over the past four months. Civic Common is the four-square-block area that includes land occupied by City Hall south to the Civic Ice Centre as well as the Civic Field, the Yates Theatre, the Old Courthouse, the YMCA, the Fritz Sick Centre and the Lethbridge RCMP detachment.

The draft master plan will also be available online starting Sept. 20 at this link: Civic Plan

In April this year, a series interactive sessions were held with stakeholders and community residents to begin forming a long-term vision for what was initially referred to as the Civic Precinct. This initial engagement activity directly influenced the draft master plan, including renaming the plan and area to Civic Common.

The open house is set for Thursday (Sept. 20) from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the foyer at Lethbridge City Hall.

The results of these initial community engagement activities were made available to the public in July and August along with opportunities for residents to provide online feedback. A final master plan is expected to be ready for presentation to City Council for adoption in October this year. Any future decisions about uses of buildings within the Civic Common area will be made in consultation with the organizations that own or occupy them.

The draft Civic Common Master Plan builds on the existing planning framework for this distinctive area of Lethbridge. The concept of a civic square was envisioned 37 years ago in the 1981 Town Square Concept Report. This report recommended construction of a new city hall in this area as part of an enhanced civic centerpiece – a part of the vision that was realized when the current city hall opened in 1999.

The 2007 Heart of Our City Master Plan further developed this vision, incorporating the concept of a concentration of public facilities and amenities that would enhance the social, cultural, educational, environmental and economic vitality of this area. Facilities such as the Civic Ice Centre are aging, and a comprehensive long-term plan is needed to guide future decisions on fulfilling the community’s vision for future public amenities in this area.

- City of Lethbridge Release

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