City hosted open house for for­mer Swift Cur­rent school build­ings Aug. 14

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Kyle / Swift Current - BY AN­DREA CAROL

The City of Swift Cur­rent in­vited res­i­dents to an Open House at the Credit Union i-Plex Tues­day night.

The City has been en­gaged in a mul­ti­step process to es­tab­lish the fu­ture and use of the for­mer Ash­ley Park and Oman School sites.

Af­ter meet­ing with own­ers of prop­er­ties in the school com­mu­ni­ties, the City pre­sented pro­posed plans for the sites. Vi­su­als of the pro­posed sites were on dis­play for res­i­dents to re­view.

“It was im­por­tant to en­gage with the prop­erty own­ers di­rectly ad­ja­cent to these sites ini­tially, as their prop­erty val­ues will be im­pacted the most by this project,” said Michael Ruus, Gen­eral Man­ager of Plan­ning & Growth De­vel­op­ment for the City of Swift Cur­rent. “Now that the project con­sul­tant has an­a­lyzed all the ini­tial feed­back, we’ve bal­anced all this in­for­ma­tion into a draft plan. We’re very ex­cited to re­ceive feed­back from all of our cit­i­zens on this most re­cent up­date”.

Res­i­dents pro­vided city or­ga­niz­ers feed­back and are ex­cited for the new plans to come in to fruition. City of Swift Cur­rent or­ga­niz­ers are en­thu­si­as­tic and op­ti­mistic about the pro­pos­als for the for­mer school sites. There is no time­line for con­struc­tion to be­gin how­ever, it is an­tic­i­pated that it will be de­vel­oped in the next three to five years.

“Ba­si­cally, for both Ash­ley Park and Oman School sites, we’ve held work­shops with the neigh­bour­hoods. Through those work­shops, a few dif­fer­ent ideas were de­vel­oped in terms of how the neigh­bour­hood would like to see the school sites re­de­vel­oped. And the con­sul­tants have taken all that in­for­ma­tion and have come up with a ren­der­ing of what they think meets the ex­pec­ta­tions of the neigh­bour­hoods,” said Mary Sal­berg, Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment for the City of Swift Cur­rent. “It’s (the ren­der­ing) show­ing Ash­ley Park keep­ing the soccer pitch on the whole south-end and 13 sin­gle fam­ily houses with an in­ter­nal park and a path­way sys­tem that takes you down to the creek. The next one is of Oman School. There is a lin­ear park that goes through there and a path that will con­nect to the path near Chi­nook Golf Course. The ren­der­ings show the re­sults of the work­shops they held with the di­rect neigh­bour­hoods”.

Fol­low­ing the Open House, in­for­ma­tion was col­lected and is be­ing con­sol­i­dated and used to fi­nal­ize plans for the sites. Ad­di­tion­ally, sur­veys will be avail­able on the City’s web­site for those who were not able to make it to the Open House and can be found at www.swiftcur­rent.ca.

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