LETHBRIDGE: Another step forward for the city's new community arts centre, with a $300,000 donation from the local Rotary Club. The money has been earmarked for a patio space that will include digital signage and a sound system for outdoor events. Mayor Raijko Dodic says the funding is one more step toward rejuvenating the site across from Galt Gardens for what is being called the "new Bowman centre," which he says will need to attract more people to the downtown. "We are going to have a vibrant downtown and with the addition of the patio, we'll have even more people coming," said Dodic. "So this is going to be the center of our city as it was in the past and as it will be in the future."
The official sod turning for the project is expected at the beginning of July. Meanwhile, officials say partnerships like this between the City and local community groups will keep the momentum going. "This is one of the main focuses of Rotary, to be able to provide assistance to local and international projects so people can benefit," said club president Duncan Lloyd. The arts centre is expected to be complete within 18 to 24 months.
Photos by Country 95 News: Top - (left to right) Ashley Matthews, manager of Recreation and Culture for the City of Lethbridge, mayor Raijko Dodic and Lethbridge Rotary Club president Duncan Lloyd attend the funding announcement downtown.
Bottom: An artist's drawing of what the new centre will look like.
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 12/9/2013 4:21:42 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News