Castlegar City Council has deferred exploration of the development of a natural amphitheater in Millennium Park until council strategic planning sessions in February 2022.
Several points related to the development of the project were on the agenda of the municipal council of December 6. The motions included adding the project to the city’s five-year capital plan, creating a steering committee, and requesting a grant to fund community engagement in the project.
Creating an amphitheater in the park was the number one suggestion of the Castlegar 75th Anniversary Committee, a group of community stakeholders, representatives from service groups, city liaison councilors and city staff who gathered. over the past year to brainstorm ideas to mark the important anniversary.
Originally, the group had hoped to spearhead the legacy project to mark the city’s 75th anniversary.
For several months, the idea for the amphitheater grew, but it became evident that the project had a broader scope than could be developed in a year.
Funding for the project would depend on grants and would include contributions from local service organizations, businesses and industry.
Several councilors and Mayor Kirk Duff were not ready to go ahead with the idea, so the decision was made to refer the matter to the strategic planning sessions so that councilors could do more research and have a in-depth discussion on the matter.
Sue Heaton-Sherstibitoff, who attended the anniversary committee meetings, was in favor of moving forward with the early stages of the projects. She was concerned that if the project was delayed too long, the committee’s momentum might be lost and those contributions might not materialize.
Cherryl MacLeod agreed, saying she would hate to see all of the committee and staff work so far be in vain.
At the end of the meeting, MacLeod encouraged members of the public to let councilors know what they think of the project before February.